Bloody Easter in Niger as Bandits kill four, kidnap scores in Gwada Community
Minna- Bandits have launched a fresh attack on Tafila village, near Gwada town in Shiroro Local government of Niger State with four people reportedly killed and scores abducted.
The attack took place at about 6:30 pm on Saturday.
Gwada town which is in Shiroro local government area of the state is about twenty minutes drive to the multimillion Naira Shiroro Electricity Dam and also about twenty-five kilometers to Minna, the state capital.
Among those killed were two women including two kids of which one of them was the child of one of the deceased women.
An eyewitness from the area told our Correspondent that the child was shot in the head and died instantly with the skull scattered.
Our Correspondent also learnt that the Bandits stormed the village on Motorcycles each carrying no fewer than two to three passengers and fully armed with AK47 rifles.
They targeted a truck conveying villagers from Erena town to Gwada where hundreds of IDPs are presently staying and fired bullets at them at close range.
Besides those who died, several others in the truck were said to have been seriously injured and are now receiving treatments in various health Centres within the state.
While many of the villagers ran for safety into the bush, many others were unlucky as they ran into the waiting hands of the bandits and were abducted and led into the bush.
Many Cattles were also reported to have been rustled by the bandits.
When contacted, a senior official of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency who confirmed the story on condition of anonymity simply said” We heard something about the latest Banditry in Gwada area but we are yet to get full details.”
However, the state Police Command through its Spokesman, DSP Wasiu Abiodun said the Police were aware of the invasion but were silent On the number of casualties.
In a terse statement, the Police said,”On 16/04/2022 at about 1900hrs, information was received that armed bandits attacked Kaduna village via Gwada, Shiroro LGA
“Police tactical team and other security agencies with vigilante were mobilized to the area and the hoodlums were repelled
“However, details of the incident are still sketchy while reinforcement has been dispatched to Gwada and normalcy has been restored,” the statement added.
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Mr Suleiman Musa, a resident of the village told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the hoodlums invaded the community in the early hours of Wednesday.
He said the hoodlums invaded the village firing several gunshots before breaking into some houses where they adducted the seven-year-old girl.
According to him, the quick intervention of a police team forced the gunmen to scramble out of the village.
NAN gathered that the Kwali Divisional Police Headquarters responded to the distress call on the attack at about 5 am on Wednesday.
A source said it was the swift response of police personnel, hunters and vigilance members led by the Kwali Divisional Police Officer (DPO) that saved the community from further harm from the gunmen.
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At least 45 bags containing human remains were found in a ravine in the western Mexican state of Jalisco during a search for seven young people reported missing last week, local authorities said on Thursday.
“Forty-five bags with human remains have been extracted that belong to both male and female people,” the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
The gruesome discovery was made on Tuesday at the bottom of a 40-meter (120-foot) ravine in the municipality of Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara, a large industrial hub.
The authorities had launched a search for two women and five men, all aged around 30 years, who had been reported missing since May 20.
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