Photos From The Burial Of 20 People Who Drowned While Fleeing From Bandits In Niger State

At least 20 people have reportedly drowned in Guni- Zumba River while escaping attacks by terrorists in Niger State.

The victims which include women and children from Guni in Munyan Local Government Area, were reportedly crossing to the other side of the river to get to Zumba and Gwada IDP camps on Wednesday morning when their boat capsized in the middle of water.

A resident of the community, Shehu Abubakar, revealed that the boat was forced to capsize because it was loaded beyond its capacity by the residents who were fleeing following the simultaneous invasion of the bandits in the two communities.

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He said, ” Bandits invaded our communities this (Wednesday) morning, and in an attempt to flee, some people drowned in Guni- Zumba River.

” Due to overloading, the boat capsized in the middle of the water. ” For now, we don’ t know the number of casualties because we have not been able to rescue anybody.

” But I can tell you that over 20 people, including women and children, were involved. ”

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Recall that the bandits also attacked Nasko village in Magama LGA of Niger State about two weeks ago, killing a divisional police officer, Mohammed Umar from Kebbi State.

Following the invasion of the village, the DPO, who is a former ADC to former governor of Kebbi, Usman Dakingari, mobilized police operatives wihh vigilante members and engaged the terrorists in a fierce gunduel.

Although the security operatives brought down some of the bandits and injured many, the senior officer was killed along with two other police officers and four vigilantes.

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To avoid a breakdown in law and order, the Area Commander, Kotangora, promptly dispatched reinforcement with military personnel to the area.

CP Monday Bala Kuryas, fsi, Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, expresses his condolences to the families of the officers and vigilante members killed in the tragic incident, while assuring the public that the Command will not be deterred or relent in its efforts to combat banditry in the state.

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