Bandits takeover Niger village as gunmen kill one, kidnap three

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From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

Armed bandits numbering about two hundred on Monday overrun Kokoki village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, sacking its inhabitants, sources.

The bandits reportedly stormed the village, with sporadic shooting.

About 120 people, mostly women and children displaced during the attack are currently taking refuge in Kagara, Rafi Local government area of the state.

The number of casualties is not yet confirmed but the bandits were said to still occupy the Kukoki village as of the time of this report.

The attack comes as suspected political thugs kill one Mr. Abubakar Kaura, abducting three others in Kusherki Community in Rafi Local Government Area of the State.

Confirming the incident on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer, Muhammad Abubakar said the Police is on the trail of the gunmen.

According to Abubakar, “we can not allow kidnappers, bandits to take over Niger state. We will do everything within our reach to bring the perpetrators to book”.

An eyewitness told our Reporter that the attackers invaded several houses at about 1am while it was raining heavily and kidnapped their victims.

It was gathered that the slain victim was shot dead after he told the kidnappers he is a farmer and had no money to give them.

His daughter, Safina Kaura, Mr. Jafaru Jibrin, and Abdulrashid Muhammad and Safina Kaura, were the kidnapped.

The kidnappers are demanding a N20 million ransom.

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