Gunmen attack Niger communities, kill five

The police command in Ekiti on Friday confirmed the killing of a police officer as gunmen allegedly abducted a Chinese expatriate in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.

At least five persons have been killed by gunmen in Kaffin-Koro and adjoining villages in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State.

About ten persons were also said to have been injured by the gunmen.

Villages attacked include Kubi, Kudami, Abolo, Gwajau and Zonkolo respectively.

A resident of Kaffin-Koro, Ishaya Azaido, said the attackers stormed the villages on Saturday night and started attacking the villagers up until Sunday morning.

He said the attackers, numbering over 50 came on motorcycles and heavily armed.

Also confirming the attack, the Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District where the attacks took place, Mohammed Sani Musa, said the attackers rustled over one thousand cattle.

Musa, decried the fact that the “people in the senatorial district can no longer go to their farms for fear of the unknown”, a development which he noted has led to “hunger and starvation in the area”.

Four of the injured victims have been referred to the IBB Specialist Hospital in Minna while others are currently receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Kaffin-Koro.

The latest attack comes barely a week after a Catholic priest, Father John Gbakaan was killed by gunmen along Lambata-Lapai road in Gurara local government area of the state.

The state governor, Abubakar Bello, reacting to the killing of the priest had promised to bring the perpetrators to book before these latest attacks took place.

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