Niger: Bandits resurface after peace deal with Government

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Villagers share water sources with animals in Nigeria's Northeast: representative photo

From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

Barely three weeks after Niger state Government entered into a peace deal with armed bandits in the state, fresh attacks linked to banditry has been reported in the State’s Shiroro Local Government Area.

The simultaneous attacks in Gyaramiya, Bataron Jatau and Bataron Waziri communities at about 10am, Wednesday sacked 1200 residents, it was learnt.

Though no life was lost, the bands looted food crops and other valuables, local sources say.

The Police Public Relations Officer of the State, DSP Abubakar Dan-Inna when contacted said he was yet to receive official reports on the attacks.

However, the District Head of Alawa, Ibrahim Salihu in a telephone interview confirmed the incident.

“At the moment, over 1,200 displaced people from the three communities are in Alawa village looking for shelter and food,” he said.

Governor Sani Bello of the State was recently quoted as saying the bandits had surrendered their weapons, as part of the ceasefire deal.

This was after simultaneous attacks in seven communities claimed two women and a child, displacing over five thousand persons.

The resurged attacks are therefore generating concerns in the State.

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