On Tuesday night, bandits killed five people and kidnapped eight others in Kpampo village, near Gulu town in Niger state’s Lapai government area.
Shuaibu Usman, a resident of Gulu and a relative of one of the abducted victims, confirmed the incident over the phone with our reporter on Wednesday.
He claimed that bandits in large numbers, wielding sophisticated weapons, rode into the community on motorcycles at 11:46 p.m. on Tuesday and began shooting sporadically into the air.
Usman claimed that the bandits, who operated violently amid sporadic gunfire, killed five villagers who tried to flee their homes.
During the raid, the bandits allegedly kidnapped eight people, including two housewives, and whisked them away at gunpoint.
Usman added that four persons also sustained gunshot injuries and were receiving treatment at a private hospital in Gulu town. Furthermore, some villagers who managed to escape the attack are taking refuge in Gulu town.
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“As I am talking to you, four people that sustained gunshot injuries are receiving treatment here in Gulu town, ” he said.
He said the bandits also burgled some shops including pharmacies and carted away foodstuffs, drugs and wine.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the Niger State Police Command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, asked our reporter to give him time to find out about the incident from the DPO in charge of Lapai division and revert later.