Tension as Suspected Bandits Invade Northern Emir’s Palace
- Another high-profile abduction may have been averted in Kagara in the Rafi local government area of Niger state
- This is as armed bandits stormed the palace of Alhaji Ahmadu Attahiru, the Emir of Kagara on Tuesday, September 28
- However, it was gathered that the traditional ruler was absent from the palace when the ugly incident happened
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Kagara, Niger state - Suspected bandits on Tuesday, September 28, invaded the palace of Alhaji Ahmadu Attahiru, the Emir of Kagara in the Rafi local government area of Niger state.
Daily Trust reported that details of the attack were still sketchy but cited a palace source as saying that the monarch was absent when the gunmen struck.
The source said the attack took place around Maghrib prayers.
The Emir reportedly left Kagara for a programme in Minna, the state capital, on Monday, September 27.
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It was gathered that the mobile network service in Kagara was disconnected on Friday, September 24.
An indigene of Kagara based in Minna was quoted to have said:
“I cannot give you the details now. The people who called this evening are no longer reachable again. The network in Kagara has been disconnected since Friday.”
“I believe even those who called went to bush to access network but it is true that the palace of Emir of Kagara was attacked."
Gunmen invade palace, abduct Niger district head
Similarly, Legit.ng had earlier reported that gunmen suspected to be bandits kidnapped the district head of Wawa community in Borgu kingdom, Niger state, Dr Mahmud Aliy.
The district head was kidnapped in his palace around 9.30pm on Saturday, September 4.
According to a source, the gunmen stormed the palace with different weapons and went straight to the community leader’s room after he had retired to bed.
Emir dies few months after bandits killed his son
In another report, Alhaji Saidu Umaru Namaska, the emir of Kontagora in Niger state has died at the age of 84.
The emir died at an Abuja hospital after spending 47 years on the throne.
His death comes three months after bandits gunned down his son during an attack on the monarch’s farm. The deceased’s son was on the farm along Zuru road in Kontagora local government area when the bandits struck.