Suspected bandits stranded in Niger communities as residents call for help

Suspected bandits stranded in Niger communities as residents call for help

- Some suspected bandits are reportedly stranded in Munya local government area of Niger state

- The bandits are allegedly in search of food as they look for safe exit ways out of the local government

- The residents called on the security agents to move into the local government to capture them as they are already confused regarding how to find their ways out of the communities

Dozens of bandits, who are reportedly stranded, have been sighted in some communities in Munya local government area of Niger state.

Channels TV reports that the residents of Munya said the suspected bandits, numbering up to 30, were wandering about in search of food.

Sources, who spoke to the news media, said the bandits were involved in a recent attack which claimed the lives of four soldiers and other civilians, saying they are armed with sophisticated guns.

Other residents, who also spoke under the condition of anonymity, said the bandits are stranded in the communities as they look for safe exit ways.

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Suspected bandits stranded in Niger communities as residents call for help

The governor of Niger state, Abubakar Sani Bello, with the inspector general of police, Muhammad Adamu. Credit: Public Enlightenment Unit, Niger state Government House
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They called on the security agents move into the local government to capture them as they are already confused regarding how to find their ways out of the communities.

Legit.ng gathered that the chairman of Munya LGA, Mohammed Daza, confirmed the development and called on the Niger state government to beef up the security in the area.

According to him, the residents in the area have abandoned their homes in fear of the bandits.

The spokesperson of the Niger state police command, Mohammed Abubakar, said police operatives have been deployed to the local government to ensure security and to flush out the suspected criminals.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a Nigerian Army captain and four soldiers were killed by some gunmen in an ambush in Sarkin Pawa in Munya local government.

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Three other soldiers were also injured in the attack.

It was gathered that the deceased were said to have responded to a distress call by residents of Gwar community in Munya local government area when the incident took place.

The gunmen had invaded the area carrying out a house to house raid but immediately left after they sighted the Army team deployed from the base Zazzaga community.

They took cover in the bush where they ambushed the team accompanied by some armed policemen in their armoured vehicle.

Meanwhile, governors from the northern part of Nigeria have urged the federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to make some considerations concerning its planned withdrawal of troops in some parts of the country.

The chairman of the Northern Governors Forum (NGF), Simon Lalong, made the plea in reaction to the planned withdrawal of troops as announced by the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Ibok Ekwe-Ibas, recently.

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