– Some Nigerians have once again lost their lives in Niger state
– They were killd after gunmen attacked their villages to steal cows
– The villages include: Kalakala, Tashan Dirigi, Atari, Agwa, Kwakwagi, Pakara and Takugi
Ten persons have been reportedly killed by bandits who attacked some villages in Wushishi LGA of Niger state. The bandits also rustled hundreds of cattle during the attack carried out on Friday.
Many residents were reportedly forced to flee the affected villages namely Kalakala, Tashan Dirigi, Atari, Agwa, Kwakwagi, Pakara and Takugi.
Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary to Niger governor, confirmed the attack to TheCable.
“They invaded Atari village first. They seized more than 1000 cattle; all the cows around that area were carted away.”
Shehu further said the bandits arrived on motorcycles and forced traders in the village to jump into a nearby river.
He added that there were “many casualties” including “a woman who jumped into the river with her two children”, while many of the villages have been deserted.
Adamu Suleiman, a butcher in Atari, told TheCable that ten people were confirmed dead by the villagers.
He said he had to flee the town with his family, adding: “Until now, a lot of people are still missing.”
Wasiu Abiodun, spokesperson of the state police command, did not immediately respond to enquiries.
The Imo state commissioner of police, Abutu Yaro, confirmed the incident to the Nigerian Tribune newspaper on Saturday, May 29 during a telephone conversation. He said that the deceased officers had gone to a selling point around the area to buy food to eat when they were shot dead.
CP Yaro said that the incident occurred around the park where the hoodlums stay to smoke Indian helm and from there they move to terrorise the people.