- Bandits have not relented in their efforts to strike terror in northern Nigeria
- The criminals struck again recently in Niger and Zamfara states
- While 10 persons were killed in Zamfara, about 17 indigenes were abducted in Niger
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At least 10 natives of the Janbako community in the Maradun local government area in Zamfara were killed by bandits on Sunday, January 17.
Sources who spoke with The Nation claimed that the armed criminals invaded the community on motorcycles in the night and began to shoot indiscriminately.
Quoting their sources, the newspaper wrote:
“Bandits shot and killed 10 innocent people during the attack while four people sustained gunshot wounds in the village."
However, the sources noted that the bandits were withstood by local vigilantes in the area who succeeded in killing about five of them.
In another development, an armed gang kidnapped 17 persons in the Bassa/Kukoki area of Shiroro local government area of Niger.
Locals revealed that the attacks happened on Saturday, January 16, in Madagwa, Wongo, and Marenje communities.
It was gathered that while five indigenes were abducted in Wongo and Marenje communities, about seven are nowhere to be found in Madagwa.
A youth leader in the area Sani Abubakar Yusuf Kokki, confirmed the tragedies, describing them as unfortunate.
Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria had been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits. The priest was reportedly killed after he was abducted by the bandits in the north-central state.
Another Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Ugwoke, made the announcement on Saturday, January 16, via Twitter.
The brutal killing of the priest has sparked an outpouring of emotions by Catholic faithful in the state and beyond.
On Twitter, many Nigerians had been sharing their thoughts on the killing and the activities of bandits in northern Nigeria.
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