10 killed, women abducted as gunmen attack community in Niger

About 10 persons were allegedly burnt  as several others were killed, while some women were kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be armed bandits in Kachiwe village, Sarkin Pawa ward, in Munya local government area of Niger State.

Tribune Online learnt that the gunmen laid siege on the village prior to the attack after which they terrorised and destroyed the village during the invasion.

It was further gathered that the suspected armed bandits carried out the illegal activities, following the deactivation of mobile networks in communities affected by banditry in the council areas.

Reacting to the incident,  the Secretary,  Munya local government Council, Hon. James Isaac Jagaba stated on behalf of the council boss that the unfortuate incident occurred  in the early hours of last Thursday and precisely  at about 2:00am.

“The heavily armed bandits invaded the community on their operational motorcycles and vehicles. The next day when I paid a visit to  the community, there were car tracks after the Local Government Secretariat  was notified of the attack,” he stated.

He stated further that the bandits razed down all the houses in the community, burnt 10 persons alive, abducted about 10 women and behead several others making the whole of Kachiwe village a ghost town with no survival.

Jagaba further disclosed that, “the whole community was wiped out by the suspected terrorists while nobody survived the onslaught by the hoodlums. We got to know about how they carried out their dastardly acts from the women who escaped by the whiskers and are still shocked to their marrows.”

“The three people who survived are presently suffering from shock waves and being traumatized from the horrible experience. They need to be assisted medically and others who were unlucky  have all  been burnt down by the armed bandits.”

He also noted that the bandits moved to Shapè village under the Sarkin Pawa ward and murdered about nine persons in cold blood while some other members of the community narrowly escaped the attacks as they scampered into safety in different directions, just as seven other unlucky persons were beheaded in Gogope ward of the local government area.

The Council Secretary, however, expressed regrets, saying,  “All efforts to reach the security personnel was fruitless. We were informed  that for some days telecommunications network in Munya local government was seized. 

The people could not reach out to the security operatives deployed to the area and neither could they reached out to the council’s authorities. While we at the Council Secretariat got the message very late and concerted efforts to get the security personnel was not possible.”

He thereby sent a passionate appeal to the state government to tackle the issue of mobile network disruption and seizure in Munya local government area to help curtail recurrence  attacks in the future in the area.

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