Bandits have killed 13 people including a police officer as they launched an attack on Beri town in Bobi district of Niger State. They also burnt down a police station.
It was learnt that the attack was reported by the Niger State Emergency Management Agency in a memo on Monday. It came barely a day after about 200 students were kidnapped from a school in the state.
The agency reported that many people were injured during the attack.
The bandits also attacked Unguwan Malam Bako in Kotonkoro district and abducted an unconfirmed number of people, the agency added.
According to the agency, the names of the deceased are Idris Ahmed Kwata; Hadiza Umaru Tunga; Momi Dalladi; Ibrahim Dalkadi; Yau Dalladi; Saadiya Garba; Garba Umar Tashanjirgi; Hussaini Shuaib; Ayuba Garba; Abdullahi Jodi; Alhaji Isah Kasakohi, and Fatima Nasiru Kwata.
Niger State, with the largest landmass in the country, is one of the worst-hit states by banditry attacks in the country.
Recall that state Governor, Abubakar Bello, in a statement on Sunday, described the state of insecurity in the state as a ‘war situation’.
“The situation has reached crisis level, in fact, it’s a war situation that we have to confront without further delay,” Bello had said.