Bandits kill six vigilantes as mob vandalises police station in Niger

Bandits kill six vigilantes as mob vandalises police station in Niger

- There was pandemonium in Kagara, Rafi LGA in Niger state as bandits launched a fresh attack

- The attack led to the death of six vigilantes, according to undisclosed sources

- Protesting against alleged lack of response from the police, some vigilantes in the community mobbed the police station and cart away the ammunition

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Bandits have reportedly killed six vigilantes in a fresh attack in Kagara in Rafi local government area of Niger state.

The Nation reported that the bandits launched the attack around 7am on Tuesday, October 12.

According to the report, sources whose names were not disclosed said some drivers and passengers also lost their lives to the attack.

Bandits kill six vigilantes as mob vandalises police station in Niger
The governor of Niger state, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello. Photo source: The Sun
Source: UGC

Another source cited in the report claimed police did not respond to the emergency calls placed to them, leaving only the vigilantes to face the bandits.

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The development reportedly led to a protest as other vigilantes in the area took the corpses of their colleagues to the Police Divisional Office in the LGA.

The vigilantes, not satisfied with the response of the police, mobbed the police station, destroying the armoury and going away with ammunition.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Rafi local government area, Samaila Dan-Modibo, has imposed a 24- hour curfew to restore peace in the area. gathers that the police command in the state said four vigilantes died during the clash with the bandits, not six reported by the sources.

The command also said its operatives responded promptly and stormed the scene of the attack, contrary to what the vigilantes said.

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Meanwhile, 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.

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The governors gave the commendation during a visit to the Special Army Super Camp 4 in Faskari, Katsina state to ascertain the level of successes of the recently launched Exercise Sahel Sanity.

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