Outcry in Niger State as 35 Villagers Missing after Bandits Invasion
By: Umar Yunusa
About 35 persons have been reportedly missing after suspected gunmen raided Chiri, Gini and Fuka communities of Shiroro and Munya local government areas of Niger state.
It was gathered that bandits came into the communities on motorcycles on Saturday evening, shooting sporadically and causing fear for the villagers to flee for safety.
The attack, said to have happened barely 48 hours after Deputy Governor, Ahmed Ketso visited the IDPs camp in Gwada in Shiroro Local Government Area where he lamented security issues in the state.
Chairman of the Niger Concerned Citizens, Alhaji Muhammad Awaisu Wana, confirmed the attack while speaking in a radio programme.
According to him: “10 out of 15 wards in Shiroro local government council were under attacks by bandits”.
Wana stated that Gwada, Kuta and Sarkin Pawa in Shiroro and Munya LGAs have become home of bandits.
He said eight of the wards under bandits control are in riverine areas, adding that there are about 80,000 IDPs in the state.
He, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government to come to their rescue for them to return home back ahead of this year’s farming season.
Wana predicted possible shortage of food in the state and by extension, the country if the banditry continues unabated
The co-Convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Abubakar Kokki, also confirmed the attack in Gini, Fuka and Chiri communities.
According to Kokki, Gini, Fuka and Chiri communities were raided simultaneously by bandits.
He also said many people sustained various degrees of injuries, destruction of houses and food stores.