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EXCLUSIVE: Bandits overrun 9 communities in Niger


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The war against insecurity in the North Central of Nigeria appears to be an exercise in futility as bandits have continued to wax so strong in the region.

The people of Rafi local government area of Niger State are currently at the mercy of the terrorists.

NewsBand authoritatively gathered that in the last three years in Rafi LGA, terrorists have taken over nine communities.

These communities are Pandogari, Mashe, Madaka, Pokoki, Wanyam, Wuru, Rafingwora, Gbaite and Kwange.

Scores of villagers have been slaughtered since the unfortunate onslaught by the terror group started.

Also, farming business have been put on hold as hundreds of villagers is said to have deserted their homes.

Meanwhile, security agencies despite their presence in those areas have also been accused of not doing much to protect the villagers from the vicious killers.

A local resident from one of the affected communities identified as Mr Salama Alekun who spoke with NewsBand, painted a vivid picture of the current security situation in Rafi LGA.

He said, “I’m an indigene of Rafi LGA, Niger State. I want to explain the predicament of my people in Rafi LGA Niger State. It’s almost 3 years now that terrorists have taken over our land, they kill our children, wives, parents and neighbours.

“They have taken over our community from Pandogari, Mashe, Madaka, Pokoki, Wanyam, Wuru, Rafingwora, Gbaite, Kwange down to bridge of Zungeru and others.

“No farming is taking place in those areas and the inhabitants are deserting the communities due to bandits and terrorists activities.”

“We don’t understand the use of soldiers posted in our communities for security because the terrorists and soldiers don’t come same time as they are seen to be taking turns of occupation of our communities.”

The North Central of Nigeria has been a safe rendezvous for terrorists in the past years. This medium reported three weeks ago how bandits on Christmas Eve slaughtered over 200 civilians in Plateau State and razed hundreds of homes.

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