Again bandits abduct 200 people, kill 4 security personnel, 3 villagers in Niger

Bandits have again on Friday night invaded Kuchi community in Munya local government area of Niger state killing four security personnel including 3 villagers.

It was gathered that the four deceased were members of Joint Security Taskforce stationed in the area.

A resident of the community who spoke on condition of anonymity said 200 villagers were whisked away by the gunmen during the attack on Friday night.

He said that the bandits were over 300 in number when they invaded the community at about 7:00pm and operated under the heavy downpour for over three hours without resistance.

“They went from house to house and selecting those they wanted to go away with, including women. They looted all the shops in the community and went away with all the goods and drinks,” he said.

According to him, “They overpowered the security agents, there is no way they could have withstood the bandits because the bandits came in about 100 motorcycles and each carrying at least three people. They were all heavily armed”.

He explained that their was no reinforcement for the security agencies on ground untill this morning (Saturday) when some security people came when the havoc had already been done.

When contacted, the Chairman of Munya local government, Mallam Aminu Najume confirmed the Friday attack explaining that four security men including local vigilantes were killed by the bandits.

The chairman disclosed that the Gunmen invaded the community at about 7:00pm in groups, numbering about 300., adding that “they move from house to house and dispossessing people of their belonging.

“They also abducted about 150 villagers, including women and went away with them inside the rain. Throughout the operation by the bandits, no assistance came from anywhere.

He lamented that the Council is overwhelmed with the current situation, adding that, “I am not thinking straight as I speak with you because my people have lost their sleep, they have been forced out of the community”.

He blamed the continuous onslaught by the bandits on communities in his local government on what he called the failure of the Kaduna state government to take concrete actions on them, stressing that “if Kaduna state is doing what Niger State is doing, the situation would have been addressed.