Bandits kill vigilante, kidnap five persons in Niger

Bandits have allegedly killed a member of a vigilance group during an attack on their office in Ebbo village, in the Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State.

During the attack around 11pm on Wednesday, the bandits, who injured another member of the vigilance group, reportedly kidnapped five other persons.

 An eyewitness, Ismaila Favu, said the bandits moved from house to house attacking residents and dispossessing them of valuables.

 “The bandits operated from house to house. They attacked a vigilante office, killed one vigilante, while another vigilante sustained serious injury,” the source said.

 The source urged the government to provide local vigilantes with sophisticated weapons to enable them to fight bandits in the state.

 “That is why we are calling on our local government chairman, State Assembly representatives, Senators and House of Representatives, and state government to please rise up to the challenge and help us,” the source said.

 Confirming the attack, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, said suspected armed men attacked a vigilante office at Ebbo village via Lapai, shooting sporadically.

 “Unfortunately, one of the vigilante members was shot dead, and one other sustained injury,” Abiodun said.

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