- The Nigerian Army has withdrawn troops from the Zagzaga community in Niger state
- Some bandits had on Wednesday, April 21, invaded the community and wreaked havoc on the residents
- A military personnel was declared missing after the attack
The Nigerian Army has shut down its camp and evacuated its soldiers from the Zagzaga community in the Munya local government area of Niger state less than 24 hours after bandits launched an attack on a military camp in the area.
The Punch reports that the Army, supported by the youths in the community, has also begun a search for one missing soldier after the attack.
According to the report, no fewer than 60 bandits on Wednesday, April 21, invaded a military camp in the community and engaged soldiers in a gun battle.
It was reported that none of the soldiers was injured in the attack except the missing RSM of the camp.
The secretary to the state government, Alhaji Ibrahim Matene, reportedly said the shutting of the military camp in the area was a “tactical withdrawal”, saying that the bandits had launched coordinated attacks on some communities in the area.
Matene further noted that the military camp was closed temporarily for tactical reasons, stressing that the military had been stationed in the community for the past five years due to the notorious nature of the area.
The Sun also reports that Metene disclosed that the Zagzaga community and other surrounding villages had served as entry and exit routes for bandits before the soldiers were brought and stationed there.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Samson Ayokunle, the national president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said that unemployment is the reason for the increase in banditry across the states of the country.
It was reported that the CAN leader, therefore, appealed to the governments across all levels to proffer a solution to the unemployment situation in the country.
The medical director of the hospital, Shingyu Shamnom, said that armed hoodlums invaded the health facility early in the morning on Thursday, April 22.
He disclosed that the bandits stormed the general hospital through the fence and started shooting indiscriminately.
The official said the bandits abducted two nurses on night duty who went out to identify themselves as medical workers.
He said an investigation was ongoing on the matter and urged people in the area to remain calm.