Exclusive: By Adenike Lucas
An eyewitness in Kukoki community of Shiroro Local Government Area in Niger State has spoken exclusively to this blog about the devastating terrorist attack that took place in the village a few days back.
Speaking to DENISAURUS NEWS, ABDULNASEER @Yaqnas said: “arm bandits on motorcycle stormed Kukoki village, ransacking houses, shops. Terrified residences.”
In a series of tweets posted, @Yaqnas expressed fear over plans of a fresh attack on the villagers by the herdsmen.
He claimed that the attackers were “disposing people of their belongings, gunfire was exchange between them and police stationed.
“The resultant exchange of gunfire led to sustenance of injuries on the part of some bandits’ #savekukoki”
He said “the bandits fled and return later in the night, and have promise to exact revenge.”
Many people have fled the area and are seeking refuge at Central primary school, Kagara.
He said that majority of the bandits are Fulani’s and some Hausa. The bandits has been terrorising many villages like, Bassa, Banban Gari, Tagena Kabata, masuku, Amali, maranje has been raided repeatedly,” he explained.
Herdsmen who also attacked villagers from Rafin Gona and Gbagyi in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State killed a police inspector and an NSCDC official who were on a rescue mission.
Senator David Umaru, representing Niger East Senatorial District at the Senate, described the attack as barbaric and inhuman.
He said, “What I have seen is heart-breaking, it is an act of wickedness and complete disregard for human life. This is a very serious problem as a lot of people have been displaced. Most of them have fled from their houses and even if they were here, they would not have anywhere to stay because their houses had been burnt including their clothes and food barns. This kind of situation is not acceptable.”
He sympathised with the villagers and urged them to continue to maintain peace, assuring them that he was going to take up the matter at the Senate with the aim of finding a lasting solution to the problem of herdsmen/ farmers clash in the senatorial zone.
In September, 2015, Gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlerst killed the district head of Alawa village in Shiroro LGA of Niger State, Malam Ado Salihu and scores of other people in a dusk attack.
Among those killed according to the police were the district head’s younger brother and a police inspector at the police outpost in the area.
Witnesses said the casualty figure could be as high as 50.
A resident said he went to another village to call the authorities over the incident since there is no telephone network in the area.
“There were dead bodies everywhere, while many others sustained injuries,” he said, adding that three policemen were killed contrary to the only one reported by the police while several houses were burnt in the attack which lasted for several hours.