15 people killed by bandit in Niger state

Fifteen people have reportedly been killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits in Ukuru village in Mariga local government Area of Niger State.

According to information gathered from the area, those killed were mostly men who were met at a tea joint eating breakfast.

It was said that the gunmen who invaded the village on motorbikes started shooting sporadically and within the process left 15 people, mostly male, dead.

It was, however, observed that the attack might be a reprisal because a couple of days before the incident, men of the local vigilante had repelled an attack by the bandits and reportedly killed four of them.

A witness said the attackers waited for many of the able-bodied men of the village to go to the farm before launching the attack.

Effort to secure confirmation from the police wasn't successful as their spokesman, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, didn't answer calls and an SMS to his telephone .

Officials of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) were also not available for comment as they were said to have gone on an inspection tour of flooded areas in Suleja.

On Thursday, the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, was reported to have commended the effort of security operatives within the fight against banditry within the Sahel Operation.

Gov. Bello, during a statement, had said life was returning to normal in some hitherto bandits-infected areas because people were now getting to their farms and participating in other businesses.

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