- A recent report indicates that attacks by bandits have continued in some communities in the north
- Niger state located in northern Nigeria is reported to be experiencing problems of insecurity
- Some communities in the state have reportedly been ransacked by invaders
A reported attack by bandits in Chukuba, Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger state has led to the death of Jeremiah Ibrahim, a pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).
According to The Nation, the bandits abducted the wife of the pastor and some residents in the area.
The newspaper stated that another group of bandits kidnapped 20 people in a separate attack in Kukoki community, in Niger.
Residents who deserted the community due to the onslaught told the press that the insurgents stole food items from houses they raided.
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Meanwhile, another raid by suspected bandits in northern Nigeria has reportedly resulted in the abduction of about 19 people.
The latest incident reportedly occurred in Ogu and Tegina communities in Rafi local government area of Niger state.
A government official who spoke anonymously to the Nigerian Tribune confirmed the attack. He said residents in the affected community informed him via telephone that bandits invaded the area on Sunday morning, December 13.
In another report, the presidency has stated that out of the over 300 students abducted by suspected bandits in Kankara local government area of Katsina state, only 10 students are still in the den of the kidnappers.
Garba Shehu, senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, made this confirmation in a tweet on Monday, December 14, amid national outrage over the abduction the students on Friday, December 11.
Shehu said the students who have returned told the military source that 10 of their colleagues are still with the kidnappers.
Meanwhile, Bello Masari, the Katsina state governor, has given fresh details about the efforts to rescue the abducted students.
The governor on Monday, December 14, told President Muhammadu Buhari that the abductors of students have contacted them.
He claimed the kidnappers had made contact, adding that discussions were already on pertaining to safety and return to their homes.
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