HOW BANDITS WIPED OUT A WHOLE COMMUNITY IN NIGER, ABDUCTED THEIR WOMEN

Justina Asishana, Minna

• Boko Haram ruling Shiroro LGA, chairman cries out

At least 10 people were burnt alive, many others were slaughtered while seven women were abducted by bandits in Kachiwe community in Sarkin Pawa ward of Munya Local Government Area of Niger State, The Nation learnt on Friday.

It was learnt that in all, no fewer than 30 members of the community were wiped out as the bandits took their time to set all the houses and barns ablaze before leaving with the women they abducted.

Disclosing the incident to The Nation, the Secretary of Munya Local Government Area, James Isaac Jagaba, said the incident occurred on Thursday morning at about 2 am, adding that the bandits invaded the community with motorcycles and cars.

He said there were car tracks when he visited the community the next day after the council was notified of the attack.

“The bandits set all the houses ablaze, burnt 10 people alive, abducted 10 women and slaughtered others.

“On their way after carrying out their atrocious act, they met two people on the way whose vehicle broke down, and they stopped and killed those two people and burnt their vehicle.

“In the process, three of the abducted women escaped and the bandits went with the other seven women.

“The whole community was wiped out by the bandits; nobody survived. We got to know about how they carried out the activities from the women who escaped and are still in shock.”

Jagaba further disclosed that the bandits moved to Shapè village under the Sarki Pawa ward and slaughtered nine people while others in the community took to their heels, adding that they also killed seven people in Gogope ward.

It was learnt that the bandits were able to carry out their activities unchallenged due to the seizure of mobile networks in the affected communities.

“We were told that all efforts to reach the security personnel proved abortive because for some days, there has been the seizure of mobile network in Munya Local Government.

“The people could not reach out to the security, neither could they reach out to the council. At the Council, we got the message very late, and efforts to get the security people were not successful,” he said.

Jagaba said that the women were currently in a state of shock and had been showing signs of trauma.

“The three people who survived are currently in shock and suffering from trauma. They need to be helped medically and otherwise, because all they have has been burnt down by the bandits,” he said.

Jagaba, who spoke on behalf of Munya Local Government Council, appealed to the state government to address the issue of mobile network seizure in Munya Local Government Area adding that it would help to curtail future attacks.

”The entire local government area is tensed up because everyone feels if this network seizure continues, the bandits will go uncaught after they attack.

“In the past, when such an attack happens, the communities can alert other communities and get help from the local vigilantes and security. But now, they cannot. We want the government to look into restoring the network without delay,” he appealed.

The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, had earlier confirmed the attack in a telephone interview, although he did not give the actual number of those who died from the attack.

The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Monday Bala Kuryas, also confirmed the attack, saying that investigation had commenced to enable them track down the perpetrators of the criminal act.

Boko Haram ruling in Shiroro LGA, chairman cries out

The Chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area, Comrade Suleiman Dauda Chukumba, has cried out that Boko Haram has overtaken the local government area and was trying to equip the people to fight against the government.

Speaking to newsmen about the situation of Shiroro local government area in Minna, Chukumba said over 500 communities in the eight wards that make up Shiroro Local Government Area had been overtaken by Boko Haram and bandits, stating that it is Boko Haram that rules in most of the communities.

”As the Chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, I can tell you that Shiroro is not only dealing with the issue of banditry, Shiroro has a lot of Boko Haram. I have proof of this as the Chairman.”

The council chairman said that Boko Haram has proclaimed that they do not want conventional primary and secondary schools as their only preference is the Islamic school.

“They have told the people that they do not want primary or secondary school in the communities and that they only want to see Islamic schools.

“They have been trying to incorporate and recruit the residents of the communities to become their members, telling them that they will give them arms and assist them in fighting the government.”

Chukumba raised a warning that the teachings of Boko Haram members are against the government and they have been asking the residents to be part of what they are doing.

“The entire wards are affected by banditry and Boko Haram insurgents. About 500 communities in the eight wards are affected. The wards include Manta, Gurmana, Bassa-Kokki, Allawa, Kurebe, Kushaka, Kwati, Chukumba and Galadima Kogo,” he said.

The Council Chairman appealed to the federal government to bring in more security personnel to help them disband and dislodge Boko Haram members who had already made Shiroro Local Government Area their home.

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