Armed bandits numbering about 200 have ransacked a village in Niger state sending the villagers fleeing. This was confirmed by The Niger state Emergency Management Agency. The incident took place in Kokoki village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The Director-General of the Agency, Mr. Ahmed Inga told Channels Television in a telephone conversation that he received a report from the area that the gunmen invaded the community in broad daylight on Monday, shooting sporadically into the air.
He explained that many were tortured, beaten and some were rendered unconscious from the beating.
He said the bandits raided the village from one house to the next, ransacking villagers of their belongings including food, clothing materials, cellphones, while also rustling their cattle.
Mr. Inga who says no casualties have been reported yet, he, however, disclosed that the villagers numbering over 300 have fled their homes through the forest and crossing rivers.
According to Inga, some of them are currently taking shelter in a school at Kagara in Rafi local government area of the state.
As at the time of the report the bandits are reported to still be in the village