– Another day, another bandits attack in Niger state, north-central Nigeria
– The state is now under siege by the armed criminals who seem to have overwhelmed security agencies
– Interestingly, some bandits are currently negotiating with the Niger state government for the release of schoolboys recently abducted by the criminals
The Nation is reporting that armed bandits on Saturday evening, February 20 launched another attack on Gurmana ward in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
According to the report, over 15 people are suspected to have drowned in River Kaduna as they tried to escape from the bandits’ attack.
Sources quoted in the report say the bandits were armed with sophisticated weapons and were shooting sporadically when they entered the community.
A source quoted anonymously in the report said:
“Right now, we don’t know how many drowned. we are suspecting the bandits are still around. We cannot confirm the number of casualties now.”
When contacted, the co-convener, Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Abubakar Kokki said that the bandits attacked the community with heavy sophisticated weapons.
Recall that the bandits attacked the same local government in Niger state barely 24 hours after some students were kidnapped.
Sarkin Zama, Bakin Kogi (Lagbe), Siyiko, and other adjoining villages were invaded by armed gangs who operated unchallenged for hours.
Meanwhile, northern youths under the aegis of Arewa Citizens Against Insecurity (ACAI) on Friday, February 19, called on the Niger state governor, Sani Bello, to work towards curtailing the growing insecurity in the state.
In a statement signed by ACAI secretary-general, Hosea Adamu, and seen by Legit.ng, the group said the governor and lawmakers from the state need to wake up and face the realities, decrying the ongoing blame game between the state chief executive and the legislative arm of the state.
The group advised political office holders in the state to liaise with President Muhammadu Buhari to restore peace and security in their domain.
In a related development, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, has lamented that Nigeria is currently facing a crisis triggered by mounting insecurity.
The former governor of Lagos made the comment at the 8th Day Firdaus Prayer of the first civilian governor of the state, Late Alhaji Lateef Aremu Jakande, held on Friday, February 19 in the Ilupeju area of the megacity.
According to Tinubu, the country is experiencing kidnapping, banditry, and all other forms of social vices which are indices of crisis.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at [email protected]