Bandits storm Niger village, kill traditional ruler, abduct 17 people

Bandits storm Niger village, kill traditional ruler, abduct 17 people

- Villagers in four communities of Niger state have been attacked by bandits while they slept

- The bandits killed a traditional ruler and abducted 17 villagers among whom is the late chieftain's son

- The chairman of Shiroro local government area confirmed the incident and lamented that bandit attacks are now a daily occurrence

Villagers in Rumache, Kukoki ward of Shiroro local government area of Niger state were fast asleep when armed bandits struck in the early hours of Friday, January 17, killing their traditional ruler.

The bandits murdered Mallam Ahmad Yakubu Rumache at about 2 am before abducting 17 people in four different communities.

Among those abducted is the son of the murdered traditional ruler.

The Nation reports that the gunmen attacked homes, took away belongings before setting buildings on fire.

According to the report, many of the villagers were injured while trying to escape.

The incident was confirmed by the chairman of the local government, who said the attack happened unawares.

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“The attack happened at midnight around 1 to 2 pm. They were many and they took the villagers unaware. No one could ascertain their numbers because it was night,” he said.

He also confirmed that so far, it was only the village head that was killed. He said security agents and vigilantes are making efforts to rescue the kidnapped villagers.

The chairman pleaded with the government to intervene as he added that the local government now needs urgent prayers.

“I need government intervention because of the way this is going, we need government intervention,” he added.

He lamented that the attacks have become a daily occurrence in the local government area.

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According to the chairman, it was no longer news that attacks on the local government are now a daily occurrence.

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“People have been displaced and ironically made circumstantial but avoidable refugees in their own ancestral land,” he lamented.

Meanwhile, reported previously that the Katsina state government gave bandits in the state 48-hour ultimatum to unconditionally release all kidnapped persons in their custody or face the full wrath of the law.

The ultimatum was disclosed by Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, the secretary to the state government when briefing journalists about a security meeting held with relevant stakeholders. ( - We have upgraded to serve you better.

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