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Village Head, 10 Others Arrested For Banditry, Kidnapping in Niger

Village Head, 10 Others Arrested For Banditry, Kidnapping in Niger

The Nigerian Police Force on Sunday claimed that it has arrested the village head of Tungan-Iliya and 10 other persons over alleged banditry in Mashegu local government area of Niger state.

Spokesman to the Niger State command of the Force, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, revealed this in a statement he issued on Sunday, a copy of which Nigerian Sketch obtained, that the arrest was effective as a result of intelligence report received by the Force on Christmas day, after which a police team went on a clearance operation of suspected bandits’ hideouts in Tunga-iliya forest.

Part of the intelligence information received by the Force, he said, was that gunmen invaded Unguwan Gambo community in Rafi local government area where they kidnapped four persons.

Abiodun said “The team engaged the suspected bandits in a gun duel and arrested eleven of them while five others were fatally wounded. Among the suspects arrested were the village head of Tunga-iliya and one Summaya Bello who harbours and gives information to bandits,’’

He added that the Force had commenced further investigation into the matter and that the suspects would be charged to court later.

He also said one of the four people kidnapped was rescued unhurt while efforts to rescue the other three and arrest the remaining hoodlums were in progress.

Bandits kidnapping people at random has become part of the security challenge Nigeria, especially the Northern part, faces in recent times, and the federal government has been under tremendous pressure to find a solution to it.


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