Insecurity: 80,000 persons displaced, 35 kidnapped, cattle rustled as bandits attack Niger communities

No fewer than about 35 persons have been kidnapped, just as another one was wounded and herds of cattle were said to have been rustled by gunmen suspected to be armed bandits at Chiri Boda and Fuka in Shiroro local government area of Niger State. 
The bandits’ attack which occurred in the early hours of Sunday allegedly left many villagers disorganized as many of them were said to have scampered into different directions in the bush for their lives.
The Chairman, Niger Concerned  Citizens, Alhaji Muhammad Awaisu stated this  while speaking to Tribune Online in a brief  interview on Sunday in Minna, the state capital.

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Alhaji  Muhammadu Awaisu Wana, however, lamented that at the moment 10 out of the 15 wards in Shiroro local government area of the state were under the control of the dare devil bandits.
According to him, the five wards that were not under bandits control are Gusoro Zumba, Bongajiya, Bina, Sheyi lapa and Ubandoma, but  were mostly occupied by the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from various wards of the council areas seeking temporary  refuge.
Alhaji  Muhammadu Awaisu Wana also explained that eight of the wards under bandits control were in riverine areas while two of them were from the ground surface.
He, however, appealed to the State and Federal Governments to as a matter of urgency  come to their rescue in order to enable them return to their ancestral homes with the view to start preparation for this year’s wet  season farming activities in those affected communities.

Alhaji  Muhammadu Awaisu Wana also stressed the need for National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to supply those IDPs whom he said are more than 80,000 persons with necessary relief materials and support to ameliorate their hardships.


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