In 4 Days, Joint Security Taskforce Eliminate Over 200 Bandits in Niger State
By Alabidun Shuaib Abdulrahman
Over 200 armed bandits were massacred in a gun battle between members of the Joint Security Taskforce and the outlaws in the Rafi and Mariga Local Government Areas, according to the Niger State Government.
Mr. Emmanuel Bagna Umar, the state Commissioner for Local Government Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal, revealed this at a meeting with journalists in Minna.
He said the bandits were murdered between Sunday and Wednesday in the Kundu axis of Rafi and Babanlaba local governments, as well as other sections of the state.
Umar noted that all the leaders of the four groups and the joint State Security Taskforce who were engaged in an exchange of fire were killed.
Those killed include Ali Kawajo, Yello Jan Bros, Kachalla Halilu and Bello Tunji.
Umar said a total of sixty motorcycles were recovered while some cattle were also returned to their owners.
Asked how prepared the state is in case the bandits launched another attack, he said, ”We are not ignorant that bandits may regroup, we will neutralize them on any side they may take.”
“We need the cooperation of the traditional rulers, communities, the security personnel and even the media. This is one fight for all. We recorded this success through collective efforts of all”.
While appreciating the gallant efforts of the Joint State Security Taskforce, the Commissioner explained that two security personnel lost their lives in the fight.