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17 vigilantes killed in Niger

A total of seventeen vigilante members in Niger state have been killed in an ambsh by armed bandits.

They were killed at Dukku in Rijau Local Government Area while trying to neutralize the bandits following a tip off.

An eye witness told our Correspondent in a telephone interview in Minna that the bandits numbering over one hundred and twenty were said to be riding forty motorcycles during the operation.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy Alh Muhammmad Sani Idris who confirmed the incident said the number of deceased is yet to be confirmed.

Alhaji Muhd Sani Idris said Niger state government has taken security measures.

He said though they will not be announcing the strategy adopted, they will be addressing Journalists on their success story on security breakthrough.

Alh Muhammad Sani Idris said Chief of Staff Government House Alh Ibrahim Balarabe have been assigned to represent Governnor Abubakar Sani Bello to visit and sympathize with victims of bandit attacks in Kagara Rafi Local Government Area.

The Vigilante members killed two bandits during the gun fight and their corpses are currently with the bandits who vowed not to surrender them for burial.

Police Public Relations Officer Niger State Police Command ASP Wasiu Abiodun could not be reached for a comment.

Aliyu Lawal

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