Gunmen numbering over 70 have reportedly invaded Kagara town, the headquarters of Rafi local government area of Niger state.
The Nation reports that the gunmen stormed the town on motorcycles, shooting sporadically as residents scamper for safety.
The newspaper said its correspondent heard gunshots raging from the town as the source called on phone.
It was also learnt residents have abandoned the town into a nearby bush.
The state has been recently embroiled in violence just as many parts of the country grapple with security challenges.
A recent report by Daily Trust indicated that three soldiers and one vigilante were killed by gunmen in Yakila, Rafi local government area of the state.
The gunmen had abducted one Chinese expatriate along with his driver on a construction site in the village and fled to an unknown destination.
According to the report, the soldiers and a vigilante member were trying to rescue the expatriate and his driver when they were killed in a gun battle.
In another related report, youths under the auspices of Amalgamation of Youths Development Association recently took to the streets to protest what they described as “government inaction and insensitivity” following the killing of people by armed bandits.
The youths in their hundreds drawn from 14 communities in Rafi local government area of Niger state defied the state’s stay-at-home order and marched through Kagara highway.
Chanting ‘Enough Is Enough', the youths were aggrieved that the government has paid little attention to control the situation following the relentless massacre by bandits.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the governors of Niger and Kaduna states, Alhaji Sani Bello and Malam Nasir El-Rufai hailed the successes recorded by the Nigerian Army in dealing with banditry in the North West and North Central part of the country.
The governors gave the commendation during a visit to the Special Army Super Camp 4 in Faskari, Katsina State on Wednesday to ascertain the level of successes of the recently launched Exercise Sahel Sanity.
On his part, Bello said the establishment of the super camp and exercise Sahel Sanity had achieved tremendous successes against bandits within one month.
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