- Suspected bandits have carried out fresh attacks in some communities in Niger communities leading to 11 deaths
- Four women were also kidnapped by the suspected bandits
- The attack has been confirmed by the senator representing Niger East senatorial district who lamented that the situation was getting out of hand
Eleven persons have been killed and four women kidnapped as gunmen attacked five communities in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala Makera and Dnalgwa communities were attacked in the early hours of Saturday, January 25.
The bandits were said to have moved from house to house to carry out their activities.
The attack is coming barely one week after eight communities were sacked by bandits in the same Shiroro local government where a village head and 16 others were killed.
One of the victims of the attack, Saidu Yisa, said that two of his wives were raped by four of the bandits in his presence before he was shot at a close range.
The senator representing Niger East senatorial district Alhaji Sani Musa confirmed the latest attack saying that the situation is getting out of hand.
He lamented the incessant killings and called the federal government and security agencies to up their strategies.
“As the attacks continued, more villagers in my constituency are awaiting their fate as no sign of succour seems to be coming their way. It is confirmed that the bandits are attacking all through the night to this afternoon and most communities are in grave danger,” he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Senator Musa raised alarm over the incessant killings of his constituents by bandits in the last few weeks.
Media reports from the area indicate massive attacks on communities in Shiroro, Rafi and Munya local government areas of Niger state in recent days.
In a statement he signed over the weekend, the lawmaker described as unfortunate the fresh attacks in the area from Tuesday, January 14 which left two persons, including a village head dead while over 30 persons were abducted.
In a similar development, Abdulsalami Abubakar, former head of state, lamented that this is not the best of times for Nigeria, especially in relation to issues of insecurity.
He said Nigerians must do all within their powers to unite and make the country liveable.
Abubakar made the call on Tuesday, January 21, in Kaduna state venue of an event organised by the Sir Ahmadu Bello memorial foundation.
According to Abubakar, Nigeria is currently at an unpleasant point in its existence as a result of security challenges.
He pleaded with the people to play roles that would help reduce or end insecurity in the country, part of which is to volunteer information when the need arises, and especially since those who carry out criminal activities live among the citizens.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has given an assurance that terrorism in the northeastern part of Nigeria will in no time become a thing of the past.
The president gave this assurance on Friday, January 24, as he received Janez Lenarcic, the European Union (EU)'s commissioner from crisis management in Abuja.
He said that just like in the Nigeria-Biafra civil war, the insurgency in the region will definitely be defeated, although it might time some time.
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