From Dan Amasingha, Minna.
As the spate of arms bandItry and kidnapping intensifies in Niger East senatorial district, it has emerged that the criminals are now targeting wedding ceremonies, which attract large number of villagers.
DAILY ASSET gathered that, despite the COVID -19 complete lockdown, which started on the March 27, most communities in Niger East senatorial district are still engaging in social activities.
Sources confided in DAILY ASSET that, the armed Bandits who have been terrorising the area became more daring during the lockdown as security attention has been shifted towards enforcing the lockdown order.
An eye witness disclosed to DAILY ASSET that the armed bandits’ new modus operandi was to storm villages where wedding fathiha or church wedding ceremonies were beingheld and kidnapp as many guests as they could lay lands on.
Mallam Yusuf Kokki, a community leader in one of the affected communities confirmed the story, saying that the new trend is compounding the precarious security situation in Shiroro local government Area.
According to hin, on Sunday April 12, at Rumache village in broad day light during the wedding fathiha, the bandits stormed the community and kidnapped large number of guest at the ceremony.
“They took a large number of people away and dispossessed others of their assets and in the process a passer by who was on his way to Bassa market was gunned down by the heartless criminal.”
Kokki further disclosed that on the same day, the bandits carried out the kidnapping of the village head of Dakachi of Tegina Kabata, who was about to wed.
” The village head and his entourage were in a church at the community undergoing a wedding sermonization when they struck “
The community leader lamented the helplessness of the communities to defend themselves against the rampaging bandits as they operate with sophisticated weapons.
” As I speak to you at Ajatai in Kwaki & Chukuba ward , the story is the same as the criminals stormed villages and unleashed mayhem in broad day light on unsuspecting locals,” he told DAILY ASSET.