- Tragedy struck in Niger state on Wednesday, May 19, as bandits killed the eldest son of the Emir of Kontagora
- The bandits who struck Kontagora town also killed several other people along Zuru road
- The late Emir’s son, the Sardauna of Kontagora has already been buried according to Islamic rites
Armed bandits staged an attack in Kontagora town in Niger state killing Alhaji Bashar Saidu Namaska, the eldest son of the Emir of Kontagora.
Daily Trust reports that the attack occurred on Wednesday, May 19, on the Emir’s farm along Zuru road.
The emir's late son was said to be on the farm when the bandits attack and shot Namaska along with some other people working for him.
In another report by The Nation, a government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the incident.
The official revealed that Alhaji Bashar, who is the Sardauna of Kontagora was rushed to the hospital after he was shot.
The deceased had been holding down the forth for his father, Sarkin Sudan, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, who is sick.
It was gathered that an unspecified number of cows were also rustled by the bandits in the town.
The bandits also flagged down both commercial and private vehicles plying the road and took the phones, money, and other valuables from people on board.
Those without cash and valuables were beaten and taken to an unknown place.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that three soldiers on Monday, May 17, 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.
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.