Three people have been killed by bandits who attacked some communities in Niger state on Sunday morning, January 24.
The bandits who invaded communities like Beni, old and new Dalolo, Aboloso, Ishau and Amale communities in Paikoro local government as well as Gwari Nyayi, Kabiri and Biri in Munya local government area, also abducted 15 women.
15 people were also injured in the attack carried out by bandits numbering over 200 and riding in over 50 motorcycles in three different groups.
District Head of Beni, Alhaji Jafaru Umar Sarki confirmed the attack and also revealed that it lasted for one hour on Saturday evening with the bandits looting shops and houses for foodstuff.
They reportedly returned on Sunday morning and moved from one community to another targeting only foodstuff and provisions from shops in an operation that lasted for three hours.
Sarki said while the operation lasted, a helicopter was hovering around the communities but left immediately the bandits were done. He also revealed that the 15 women abducted, were made to carry the foodstuff looted from the communities by the bandits who promised to release them later.
The district head said;
“We saw a helicopter moving around the communities when the bandits were operating but the helicopter did not attack the bandits.
“We did not know what the helicopter was doing in the air because bandits were operating freely on the ground.
“Immediately the bandits left, we did not see the helicopter again, so we don’t know whether it was providing cover for the bandit or to attack the bandits.”