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Tragedy strikes as residents fleeing bandit attack drown in Niger State

In a tragic turn of events, four residents of Niger State lost their lives as they attempted to escape a bandit attack in the Gurmana community of Shiroro Local Government Area.

The incident occurred as residents sought refuge on an island, using canoes to flee from the imminent danger posed by the bandits who frequently target the area.

According to reports, the community has been plagued by bandit attacks, prompting residents to resort to desperate measures to evade danger.

Using canoes to reach the safety of an island has become a common practice for residents fleeing from the threat of violence.

The unfortunate incident occurred on Thursday when residents, who had sought refuge on the island the previous day, attempted to return home. Tragically, their boat capsized during the journey, leading to the drowning of four individuals.

The grim event follows a recent bandit attack in the area on Wednesday night, which resulted in the loss of three lives, the rustling of cattle, and the abduction of several residents in Bassa near Gurmana.

The attack underscored the ongoing security challenges faced by communities in Niger State, with banditry posing a constant threat to the safety and livelihoods of residents.

Efforts to reach the spokesman for the Niger State Police Command, Wasiu Abiodun, for further details on the incident were unsuccessful at the time of this report.

However, the tragic drowning serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for enhanced security measures and swift action to address the persistent threat of banditry in the region.

As the community mourns the loss of those who perished in the tragedy, authorities are urged to prioritize the safety and security of residents, ensuring that measures are in place to protect vulnerable populations from the scourge of bandit attacks.

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