Suspected Bandits on Tuesday stormed Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State,killing about 13 people.
The police spokesperson in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, said a police tactical team led by the Area Commander in Shiroro had been deployed to the incident scene.
He, however, said that swift respond was not made against the attack due to the rough terrain and lack of communication network in the area.
He stated that the gunmen attacked victims on their farm where they were harvesting crops in Nakundna village in Shiroro council area.
Governor Bello in a statement issued by his media aide, Mary Noel-Berje, condemned the attacks, saying that act was barbaric and inhumane.
According to the statement, “the governor commiserates with the victims of the attacks which occurred in Nakudna and Wurukuchi communities. He shared in the pains and grief of the victims, reiterating that more decisive actions would be taken to guarantee the lives of the inhabitants of the vulnerable communities.”
Outrageous attacks by non-state actors have continued in the North-west and North-Central Niger State despite repeated government assurance to address the atrocities.
According to official data, over 151, 380 people, mostly peasant farmers, were displaced by the activities of bandits in the last two years in Niger State.
The displaced persons were registered in 13 local government areas of the state, with Rafi council area neighbouring Zamfara and Kaduna topping the chart with 28,987 displaced persons.
In the Shiroro council area, where the latest incident happened, over 27,678 persons were displaced within the period.