The Niger State Joint Security team has allegedly neutralized no fewer than ten bandits and rescued fourteen persons at Kawo, Uregi villages in Rafi local government area of the state.
The incident occurred on Monday at about 5 pm during the Sallah festivities in the area.
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner, Ministry for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Emmanuel Bagna Umar in Minna said the terrorists and armed bandits on motorcycles attempted to attack Kawo, Uregi villages in Rafi LGA to disrupt the Sallah celebration but were repelled by the security personnel in the State.
According to him,” on the receipt of this information, joint security tactical teams responded swiftly and mobilised to the area where the hoodlums were engaged around Uregi, Kiribo villages and as a result, about ten among bandits were neutralized, 14 kidnapped citizens rescued and seven motorcycles recovered with arms from them.
Umar commended the gallant efforts of the security personnel, including the local vigilante members who he said abandoned their families during Sallah, to stand guard in the forests and provide security for indigenes.
The Commissioner said, ” the Governor appreciates this uncommon sacrifice and encouraged the security agencies not to relent in their efforts towards mitigating against terrorism/banditry and other criminality in the State”.
” He equally thanked Nigerlites for their community resilience against banditry and urges them to continue to cooperate with the Government and security agencies in the State to encourage them in this service to humanity for a more secured Niger State”.
Umar then reassured the people of the government’s commitment and determination to ensure peace is restored in all the troubled communities.
Niger Joint security team repel attack in Niger community, kill 10 terrorists