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Bandits, kidnappers Target Wedding Ceremonies in Niger

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.

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