Mined bandits have killed no fewer than
14 persons in Niger and Kastina
states. While the bandits invaded Ruwan
Godiya village of Faskari Local
Government Area of Katsina State, killing
eight persons, injuring three other
persons and kidnapping one person, they
also attacked Kagara town, headquarters
of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger
State, killing six members of the local
vigilante, and some travellers along the
Kagara-Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road.
The Katsina attack, it was gathered, took
place on Sunday at about 6pm.
According to sources, during the attack,
the bandits also set ablaze the home of
the village head of Shau, as well as
vehicle belonging to him.
It was gathered that the bandits, armed
with automatic weapons, stormed the
two communities on motorcycles in their
They were also said to have carted away
valuables and harassed several residents,
even as they operated for hours without
Spokesperson for the state Police
Command, Gambo Isah, confirmed the
incident, saying: “Yes, bandits, armed with
dangerous weapons, went to a village in
Ruwan Godiya, Faskari Local Government
Area and committed the crime.
“They killed eight persons and wounded
three others. They also set a house and
car ablaze, which belonged to the village
head. The bandits left the area by the time security personnel stormed the area but the wonder were taken to the hospital fir treatment by the security agents.
In Minna, the bandits were said to have
attacked the town at 7 am blocking the
highway during, which some of the
travellers which were about 6 ran into them and were gruesomely killed.