Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed the village head of Kusherki in Rafi local government area of Niger state, the Dakacin Kusherki, Alhaji Masud Abubakar.
The armed men also killed ten others persons in Munya and abducted 24 others including the wife of the slain village head.
According to eyewitnesses, the bandits numbering up to fifty invaded the communities on motorcycles armed with AK47 rifles and other dangerous weapons. The was said to have raid started at about 12:30 on Tuesday and lasted till around 2:pm unabated.
The gunmen were shooting sporadically as they rode from village to village. Five members of the local Vigilante and other youths supporting the group were among the eleven killed.
The criminals reported moved from house to house and made away with cash, valuables and foodstuffs.
The State Government in a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Mrs. Mary Noel-Berje, confirmed the Kusherki incident and abduction in Munya.
The Governor described the increasing activities of kidnappers and bandits in the state as a nightmare to the people.
He also said the murder of the nine people and the traditional title holder was callous and regrettable and challenged the security agencies to intensify their search to ‘fish-out’ and ensure that the perpetrators of such heinous acts are brought to justice.
“The situation, particularly in the last 72 hours, has become regrettably alarming! While efforts are ongoing to secure the release of the abducted NSTA passengers, we heard that of Kusherki and other areas. We are witnessing these attacks now, almost, on daily basis and it is worrisome”, the statement said.
Bandits and kidnappers have been unleashing terror in Niger State in recent times, making sporadic attacks at villages, maiming, killing and abducting people in some local government areas of the state.