A screenshot from Google map, displaying Shiroro Local Government Area.
Seven individuals together with 5 navy officers and one Civil Defence Officer have been feared killed in a bandit assault on 5 communities in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
Ten different individuals have been kidnapped with seven bikes stolen and navy automobiles burnt down within the assault carried out from Wednesday evening into the early hours of Thursday morning.
The communities embrace Allawa, Manta, Gurmana, Bassa and Kokki all in Shiroro council.
Locals advised Channels Television that the bandits as early as 2:00am on Thursday stormed the camp of the Joint Security Task Force comprised of the Army, Police, Civil Defence and vigilantes at Allawa and opened fireplace on them unaware, killing 5 troopers and one Civil Defence Officer.
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Many villagers have been injured within the assault and are reported to be receiving therapy at numerous well being facilities.
Confirming the incident, Chairman, Shiroro Youth Movement, Mohammed Idris mentioned the bandits armed with AK-47 numbering about 100 attacked every group for about 5 hours unchallenged.
“During the invasion, they killed one Alhaji Sale in Madalla community under Bassa ward and kidnapped four people and went away with two motorcycles.
“Also in Kokki Boddo a community under Gurmana ward, they abducted six people and took away five motorcycles; five people were also kidnapped in Manta ward,” Idris mentioned.
Idris then appealed to each the Federal and State authorities to extend their effort in securing the lives of individuals on the numerous communities.
The Co-convener, Concerned Shiroro Youths, Abubakar Yusuf Kokki additionally confirmed that 5 troopers and one Civil Defence Officer have been killed in Allawa by bandits, who attacked their camp early on Thursday morning.
According to him, “the criminals took the personnel of the Joint Security Task Force unaware and opened fire on them. In the process, they burnt down the camp to ashes including the operational vehicles and also killed about six personnel (five Army Officers and one Civil Defence Officer) while many others sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries.”
He defined that Allawa earlier than the assault was one of many few cities standing in Lakpma axis of Shiroro native authorities that haven’t been invaded within the latest previous.
Lamenting the speed of assaults by bandits within the space, Kokki mentioned, “We, the affected victims view this phenomenon from the angle of ethnic cleansing as we have been abandoned to our fate. As a result of sheer negligence from the authorities constitutionally saddled with the responsibility of providing adequate security to the citizenry, there is deliberate efforts by criminals through crude means to depopulate us which from all indications.”
However, efforts to get the response of the Police within the state. failed as calls put by means of the Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun was not picked as on the time of submitting this report.