- Armed bandits in Niger state continue to cause havoc in hard-to-reach communities
- Three villages in Shiroro local government area of the north-central state have been ransacked by the terrorists
- Reports say an unidentified number of villagers have been killed in the latest attack
A report by Daily Trust indicates that bandits have attacked more communities in Niger state barely 24 hours after some students were kidnapped.
According to the report, Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko and other adjoining villages were invaded by armed gangs who operated unchallenged for hours.
The communities are all in Gurmana Ward of Shiroro local government area of the north-central state.
The co-convener, Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Yusuf Kokki, revealed that some residents were killed in the attacks.
“Countless deadly attacks have become daily occurrences thereby compelling the affected victims to live at the mercy of hydra-headed monsters. Defenceless, unarmed, and peaceful locals have been abandoned to their fate.”
Legit.ng had earlier reported that an undisclosed number of students have been abducted in a raid by suspected armed bandits on the Government Science College Kagara in Niger state.
Shehu Sani, a former Nigerian senator via Twitter on Wednesday, February 17, confirmed the attack on the school which is his alma mata, adding that some staff members of the institution were also abducted by armed men.
The incident happened days after the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu flagged-off a special security action plan, code-named Operation Puff Adder II to reinforce the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, and other violent crimes in the country.
Frank Mba, police spokesman, stated that the new special operation will be intelligence-led and community-driven.
Mba also said the operation will be executed in sustained collaboration with the Armed Forces, the intelligence community, and other sister security agencies.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency across the country with immediate effect.
The demand was part of the Senate’s resolution on Wednesday, February 17 as a holistic response to the mounting security challenges across the country.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.