Gunmen raid community in Niger, abduct 50

Gunmen reportedly stormed Bassa community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State early Thursday morning, abducting no fewer than 50 people.

Eye witness account states that the bandits stormed the community in large numbers in motorcycles when residents were getting set for the day’s activities.

The development reportedly disrupted the activities of the residents causing them to run into the bush for safety.

Commenting on the development, the Co-convener Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Abubakar Kokki described he attackers as terrorists.

He lamented the bandits attacked the town, causing mayhem on unsuspecting peaceful, unarmed and defenceless locals.

He, however, stated that the number of people kidnapped is not yet certain but said that they were very many.

Kokki also disclosed that on Tuesday, some other communities in Bassa/Kokki were attacked with many losses recorded.

He said that Shiroro local government area is in dire need of help, as people continue to live at the mercy of the bandits.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Abiodun Wasiu, said he will get back to The Nation when he has details about the incident.

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