- The police have confirmed the killing of 13 innocent Nigerians by bandits in Shiroro local government area of Niger state
- According to the police, the actual number of those killed is different from the numbers being circulated
- The police said the assailants attacked villagers who were harvesting crops on their farm in Nakundna village in Shiroro council area
The police revealed the number of people killed in an attack by suspected bandits on Tuesday in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
According to the police, 13 persons were killed and not 37 as reported in some platforms. Premium Times reports.
The police said the assailants attacked villagers who were harvesting crops on their farm in Nakundna village in Shiroro council area.
Going further, the police spokesperson said a police tactical team led by the Area Commander in Shiroro had been drafted to the area.
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He added that the incident was not immediately attended to due to the rough terrain and lack of communication network in the area.
Meanwhile, Governor Bello, in a statement by his media aide, Mary Noel-Berje, described the attacks as insane and unacceptable. He added that the act was barbaric and inhumane.
Save us from armed bandits in 2022 - Arewa group begs President Buhari
Meanwhile, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to improve the poor security situation in the country in 2022, reminding him that this was the primary reason the majority of Nigerians voted him into power in 2015.
The forum told the president and his security chiefs that Nigerians want to feel safe and secure anywhere in their country from this year on.
The spokesman of the ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, who stated this in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune newspaper on Saturday, January 1, also charged governors and local government chairmen to support the federal government.
Group blames intelligence failure for the increase in terrorists, bandits' attacks
Earlier, a coalition of 76 NGOs and civil society activists knocked the intelligence arms of the military and the Department of State Services for continued attacks on military formations and other infrastructure of the state by terrorists.
The activists also lamented over the kidnapping and robbery by bandits saying the attacks were not only a setback to the war against insecurity but a blatant embarrassment to the armed forces and Nigeria in general.
The group particularly made reference to the recent kidnapping of travellers in broad daylight along Abuja-Kaduna road, an attack in Borno that resulted in the killing of an army chief and three other soldiers, and several others as clear instances of intelligence failure.