Bandits killed 13 people in a raid in Niger

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More details have emerged about how bandits infiltrated communities in Niger State’s Shiroro Local Government Area, killing 13 people in a daytime attack at Nakundna and Wurukuchi on Tuesday.

Despite ongoing security operations in some parts of Shiroro and other banditry-infested local government areas of the state, the attack took place.
The attack on Tuesday came less than two weeks after bandits killed two people and kidnapped three Chinese expatriates working on the Zungeru Dam.

Due to the shutdown of the mobile telecommunication network in the area to aid ongoing security operations following the attack on workers on the Zungeru Dam, some residents told our correspondent that they were unable to call for immediate security intervention.
Suleiman Dauda Chukuba, Chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area, confirmed the attack but did not have an exact number of casualties.

Meanwhile, the Niger State Police Command has warned the media against reporting a “outrageous number of casualties without verification,” claiming that doing so will cause panic among the people.

DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the command’s Public Relations Officer, confirmed that 13 people were killed, not the 37 reported in the media.

Suspected bandits/terrorists attacked some villagers harvesting crops on their farm in Nakundna village near Kaure in Shiroro LGA, according to him.

“The incident was not immediately attended to due to the rough terrain and lack of communication network in the area,” he said, adding that tactical teams led by Area Commander Shiroro had been drafted to the area.

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Bandit attacks on communities in Shiroro LGA have been described as “insane” and “unacceptable” by Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel Berje, the governor described the act as “barbaric and inhumane.”

While commiserating with the victims of the affected communities, particularly in Nakudna and Wurukuchi, the governor expressed his sympathy and expressed his willingness to take more decisive action to ensure the safety of the communities’ residents.

The governor, on the other hand, said that the most concerning aspect of the security challenges was farmers’ inability to harvest their farm produce, which could lead to food scarcity in the state.

A coordinated and simultaneous attack on terrorists by security agents in the affected states, according to the governor, would go a long way toward achieving success.

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