November 27, 2021

Vigilantes allegedly kill District Head after bandits attack Muslim worshippers

Soldiers in parade. Representative image

From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

Civilian watchmen in Niger State on Tuesday reportedly killed a monarch of a Fulani community to avenge an armed attack on Monday morning that killed 18 Muslim worshippers.

Mr. Saudu Abubakar the District Head of Adogon Malam village – a Fulani community in Mashegu Local Government Area of the State was killed with his younger brother, Salihu Abubakar at about 10am according to sources by members of the watchers from the Nupe tribe in adjourning Maza-Kuka village where an early morning attack at a Mosque by terrorists from the Fulani tribe left 18 dead.

Police have yet to confirm this claim but sources in Maza Kuka say the Fulani residents were suspected of conspiring with the terrorists to attack the minority communities in the area.

Background

No fewer than 18 persons were reportedly killed at early hours of Monday by armed gunmen at Maza-Kuka in Mashegu local government council of Niger state.

The armed men in their numbers stormed the community went straight to the mosque while the victims were performing their morning prayers (Subhi) attacked them with their dangerous weapons that include arms, ammunitions, sharp objects and others.

According to sources, the attackers shot sporadically at the victims at closed range inside a mosque leading to the death of 18 with many others injured.

It was gathered that the assailants on motorbikes abducted about 15 others.

Officials have confirmed the attack but have not issued details. As of the time of publishing this report, the State Government in Niger was having an emergency security meeting.