In a well coordinated bandits attack, over ten communities in Niger State’s Lavun Local Government Area were reportedly raided with about eight people said to have been killed and several others injured.
Egbako, Ndaruka, Ebbo, Ndagbegi, Tshogi, Gogata, and Ndakogitu are among the villages affected.
Other communities in the council that experienced the deadly bandits attack includes Satisu, Yekoko, Satifu, and Sokiara, all in Niger State.
The bandits, estimated to number in the hundreds, stormed the villages at 4 p.m. on Saturday and were said to still be active in the area on Sunday.
According to the DAILY POST, they raided each community, wrecking havoc on the locals and rustling an unknown number of cattles.
According to a source from one of the affected villages, the bandits killed one person in each of the communities of Ebbo, Tsonfadagabi, Tsogi, and Kanko.
The source further said that the bandits atacked during a wedding ceremony in the Gbacitagi hamlet and abducted the bride and another girl.
According to him, the rampaging bandits destroyed vehicles and other properties belonging to well-wishers who attended the ceremony. They also carted away the proceeds from the wedding celebration and rustled a number of castles belonging to villagers.
However, it was learned that they became stranded while traveling with the rustled cattle from Gbacitigi community to Akere community in Wushishi Local Government Area because the bridge linking the two villages had fallen.
When the bandits’ attempt to push the herd of cattle into the river failed, they turned around and attacked Satisu, Yekoko, Satifu, and Sokiara communities.
They were on their way to Batati village, according to a source in Yekoko.
“Right now, the residents of Batati have abandoned their homes for fear of being attacked,” he says. We’re pleading with the authorities to help us because we don’t know how to deal with these bandits. That community is now deserted.”
Confirming the incident, Hon Alh Ibrahim Limanko Pata, Executive Chairman of the Lavun Local Government Council, described the act as “insane” and “unacceptable,” adding that the gunmen stormed the area around 4 p.m. on Saturday.
In a press statement issued by his media aide, Abu Shema Kutigi, the council chairman claimed that the government would take decisive steps to ensure the lives of the residents of the vulnerable communities.
When called, Emmanuel Bagna Umar, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Internal Security, confirmed the incident but said he had not yet received full details.