- Armed bandits have killed three Nigerian soldiers in Niger state
- This was disclosed by the Niger state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello
- The governor, however, said the bandits are already been trailed by the Nigerian military, assuring residents that they would be apprehended
Three soldiers on Monday, May 18 lost their lives in an encounter with bandits in Mariga town of Mariga local government area of Niger state.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who disclosed this after a state security meeting held at the Government House on Tuesday, May 18 said many people escaped with varying degrees of injuries as a result of the encounter.
ThisDay newspaper quoted him as saying:
“The three soldiers were killed by bandits and our security men are trailing them. I can assure you that they will be arrested soon.”
Bello stated that though, the state is still faced with serious security challenges, the security forces are working tirelessly to address the challenges especially in communities that recently suffered attacks by Boko Haram and bandits.
He explained that the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the attacks have been taken back to their communities and normalcy is returning to their villages.
Nigerian Tribune also reported that Governor Bello assured residents of Niger his administration will support both the federal government and the state security agencies.
Meanwhile, Daily Sun is reporting that a group of armed bandits engaged each other in a gun battle, leading to the death of no fewer than 12 of them while scores were seriously injured.
According to the report, many others escaped for their lives, leaving their camp in Kusasu in complete disarray as members of the community watched with disbelief.
On its part, Plus TV is reporting that no fewer than 150 members of the Special Vigilante Squad in Niger state have expressed readiness to curtail the activities of criminal elements in their domain.
According to the report, the vigilante members were assembled at the secretariat of Chanchaga local government area, before their final posting to the field of operations.
Legit.ng gathered that their main assignment and target is to engage bandits and cattle rustlers across Niger state.
In Benue, Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday, May 17 urged residents of the state to defend themselves against armed invaders.
The governor said those who don't have weapons required by the law, should go to their neighbours and get one.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the Ortom-led administration on Thursday, May 6 approved the establishment of vigilante groups to combat the high rate of insecurity in Benue state.
Governor Ortom informed residents of the state when he briefed journalists attached to his office on the outcome of a recently expanded stakeholders’ meeting held at the new banquet hall of the Government House, Makurdi.