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andits numbering about 200 have taken over Kokoki village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, sacking the people from their homes.

The Director-General (DG), the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Mr. Ahmed Inga, confirmed this yesterday.

 

“I received a report from the area that the gunmen invaded the community in broad daylight on Monday, shooting sporadically into the air.

 

“They also subjected some of the people to torturing, beating some of them to the point that they became unconscious,” Inga told our correspondent on the phone.

The DG added that the bandits were ransacking each house in the village, dispossessing the people of their belongings, including food, clothing materials, cell phones and also stealing their cattle.

Also the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muhammad Abubakar, said the invasion took place around the hinterland areas.

 

He added that the police had swung into action and would do everything within their power to protect the lives and property of the people in the affected areas.

The NSEMA DG, Inga, who said no casualty, had been reported.

 

 

He, however, said the villagers numbering over 300 had fled their homes through the forest and by crossing rivers.

Most of the victims are women and children as they were seen crossing a stream to a safe zone in Kagara town.

Inga told the New Telegraph that some of the villagers were currently taking shelter in a school at Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area of the state.