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Bandits Abduct 50 People In Niger

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Gunmen suspected to be bandits have attacked Bassa community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State abducting no fewer than 50 people.

It was gathered that the gunmen had early on Thursday morning stormed the community in large numbers in motorcycles.

Confirming the attack to The Nation, the co-convener Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Abubakar Kokki described the bandits as terrorists.

He stated that the number of people kidnapped is not yet certain but said that they were very many.

Kokki also disclosed that on Tuesday, some other communities in Bassa/Kokki were attacked with many losses recorded.

He said that Shiroro local government area is in dire need of help, as people continue to live at the mercy of the bandits.

Meanwhile, some students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, in Ondo State have been attacked by bandits believed to be herdsmen.

According to SaharaReporters, the students were attacked by the bandits while returning from the burial of their former Students’ Union Government President, Samuel Adesomoju, popularly known as Sampraise, which took place at his hometown of Okitipupa town.

Information gathered revealed that the bandits abducted two travellers, a man and a woman, however, the students’ convoy was able to fight their way through.

Sampraise lost his life last week Saturday when a Dangote truck developed faulty brakes and swerved off the road, ramming into some shops directly opposite the university.

One of the students who spoke on the incident said the herdsmen attacked the students’ convoy around Ondo town.

She said, “We travelled to Okitipupa on Monday which was the hometown of our former SUG President, Sampraise. He was a 500 level law student. The current SUG President, nicknamed Supreme, also went with us. When we were returning, herdsmen attacked us in Ondo.”

George Oshogwe Ogbolu is a Digital Media Strategist | Content Writer | Journalist | New Media Influencer | Proofreader and a Deputy Editor at Naija News.