Bandits Go Haywire, Kill 20 Vigilantes, Soldier in Niger State
About a month after Niger State government officials and an Islamic scholar, Sheik Abubakar Gumi, met with some bandits’ commanders in Dutsen Magajiya to perfect an alleged peace initiative, bandits have ambushed and killed 20 vigilantes in Kotonkoro village of Mariga local government area of the state.
Sources said this happened in the wee hours of Thursday.
Commandant of the vigilantes in the local government, Abu Hashimu, confirmed the killings, saying “The slain vigilantes were returning from search operation when they were ambushed. 16 of them were killed on the spot while the bandits pursued four others who tried to escape and gunned them down also.”
He said the bodies of the deceased have been recovered and buried, adding that a joint security operation consisting of military and vigilantes has begun manhunt for the bandits.
Secretary to the state government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, also confirmed the killings of the 20, adding that the military post in the area was also attacked and “we lost one soldier.”
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