Mohammed Sani Musa, Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, has condemned the attack on Kaure e community, of Kwaki Ward in Shiroro Local Government Area, Niger State, which reportedly claimed eight lives.
Armed men dressed in black had stormed Kaure community in Kwaki ward, as early as 7:00 am on Saturday, riding motorbikes, and shooting sporadically.
Councillor representing the ward, Jafaru Kwaki confirmed this to newsmen, saying the information only got to him on Sunday as the affected community is remote.
He added that eight persons have lost their lives in the attack, several persons are critically injured, many have been displaced from their homes, and he cannot give a definite figure of injured persons.
“I received the sad report on Sunday that armed men dressed in black, stormed Kaure community in Kwaki, that’s under my ward, as early as 7:00 am. They were on motorbikes, as it is their style, and began to shoot sporadically,” he said.
“Eight persons have lost their lives in the attack. As for the injured persons, we cannot ascertain the number of people injured in the attack yet, because many escaped into the bushes with bullet wounds, but we were able to move 15 who sustained various degrees of injuries to health centres”.
“They burnt two vehicles, five machines and some houses in the attack. At the moment, many of our people are also missing. We have, however, dispatched search parties made up of vigilantes to comb the bush for them, while we try to move displaced persons to safe locations,” Kwaki further explained.
The Acting Public Relations Officer, ASP Uthman Umar said the command is not aware of such attacks, but the locals have accused security operatives of compromise, alleging that the security agencies in the state have knowledge of the attacks.
Meanwhile, Senator Sani Musa has called on the Federal Government, to as a matter of urgency, dispatch security personnel to tackle “the renewed spate of attacks” in Rafi and Shiroro local government areas.
He has also tasked security agencies in the state to up their ante in the fight against bandits.
The Senator particularly urged the Commissioner of Police and other security chiefs to come up with strategies that would nip the challenges in the bud once and for all.
In a statement he personally signed, he said his people cannot be left to die in the hands of bandits, adding that he would continue to make a case for them at the National Assembly until something is done to arrest the ugly situation.