January 27, 2023

Niger Community in Fear as Local Vigilante Kills Six Bandits

The deadly activities of armed bandits across the Country especially in Niger State have forced thousands of residents to flee their Communities for safety.

A resident of Warari in Rijau LGA who is the Principal of one of the private schools in the area told the Lightbearer that many residents have deserted the community.

“Our families do not sleep at home for fear of attacks by armed Fulani bandits whose suspected members, six of them were killed by the local vigilante. They were in possession of deadly weapons, which they use to terrorise the villages, kidnap and rustle people’s cattle.

“Now is only the men that are in the town. We have to evacuate our students that have resumed school and asked them to go home yesterday till further notice.

“We are relocating our families to rent a place for them to stay for the meantime till the situation improves. Please pray for us for God’s intervention” the resident cried out.

This is coming few days after the Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello confirmed that the Boko Haram has taken over 50 Communities in the state and has hoisted their flag in Kaure village of Shiroro local government area after taking over the community.

“I am confirming that there are Boko Haram elements around Kaure village of Shiroro local government area of Niger State.

“I have been engaging the Federal Government and unfortunately it has gotten to this stage and if care is not taken even Abuja is not safe. We have been saying this for long and all efforts have been in vain” the Governor lamented.

Sources from Niger State alleged that apart from kidnapping, killing and destruction of properties, the bandits also collect tax from traders and fishermen in the areas under their control.

Abandoned streets of Warari due to fear of attacks