- About 5,000 members of a community in Niger state are currently taking refuge in a mountain due to the activities of bandits
- The people comprising of underaged children and the aged are avoiding being killed by the rampaging bandits
- While in the mountains, two pregnant women from the community have given birth under very difficult circumstances
Kwimo - Two pregnant women in Niger state have given birth in a mountain while trying to escape bandit attacks in their area.
The Nigerian Tribune newspaper reports that the attack which took place in Kwimo community of Mariga local government council of Niger state left the entire members of the community running for dear lives.
According to an eyewitness, Usman Kwimo, the safety of both pregnant mothers and their babies cannot be guaranteed because they lack medical aids needed to take care of them.
Kwimo said about 5,000 members of the community comprising of underaged children are taking refuge on various mountains in their community with the view to avoid being killed by the bandits.
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He said the armed men who invaded Kwimo village on about 120 motorcycles carrying sophisticated weapons, shooting sporadically, looted shops and household items in addition to destroying some of the properties.
Reacting to the report, the secretary to the Niger state government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, assured the people of the government’s readiness to do all it can to safeguard their lives and properties.
He said security personnel have been drafted to restore normalcy in some of the troubled communities in the state.
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