- It seems that bandits in Niger are not willing to repent and surrender their arms
- The criminals have even fashioned out new ways of killing travellers and security agents on highways
- Some armed bandits killed a police inspector from a blind spot on a treetop on Tuesday, February 23
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Not even the many pleas of Sheik Abubakar Ahmad Gumi have been able to soften the hearts of bandits who perpetrate evil in Niger state.
In fact, the criminals have come up with a new strategy to carry out their killing spree this time from treetops, Vanguard reports.
It was gathered that a gang of bandits launched an attack from a tree on some policemen drafted to Minna-Suleja highway on Tuesday, February 23.
In the operation, the criminals were able to kill at least one inspector, Mohammed Mohammed, injuring three other officers.
The policemen who were severely wounded were rushed to the IBB Special Hospital in Minna for immediate treatment.
The sad incident was confirmed by a relative of late Mohammed who happens to be a former speaker of Niger state House of Assembly, Ndanusa Hassan.
Hassan told journalists that his nephew was buried on Wednesday, February 24, some hours after his death according to Islamic burial rites.
Meanwhile, Gumi had spoken on the details of his recent meeting with bandits on the need for them to drop their arms and surrender to the Niger state government.
In his conversation with journalists, Gumi said the bandits he met said they did not know the whereabouts of the abducted Kagara students.
He, however, explained that according to the commander of the bandits, those who kidnapped the students belong to another gang entirely and investigation would be made to secure their release.
Gumi, who recently held a parley with some bandits in Zamfara state forests and consequently called for amnesty for them, noted that the negotiation for the release of the schoolchildren and members of staff was slowed down due to logistics.
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