No fewer than ten persons were said to have been set ablaze and many others were slaughtered while ten women were abducted by bandits in Kachiwe village Sarkin Pawa ward, Munya local government area of Niger State.
The Secretary of Munya the Local Government Area, James Jagaba narrated the ordeal which he described as ‘an ugly incident’.
It was also gathered that the bandits succeeded in their nefarious activities due to the jamming of mobile networks in communities affected by banditry.
Confirming the development, the Secretary of Munya local government area, James Isaac Jagaba on behalf of the council chairman revealed that the incident happened on Thursday morning at about 2am.
He said, “The bandits set all the houses ablaze, burnt ten people alive, abducted ten women and slaughtered the others. On their way after carrying out their heinous act, they met two people whose vehicle broke down, they stopped and killed those two people then burnt down their vehicle. In the process, three of the abducted women escaped and the bandits went with the other seven women.
We got to know about how they carried out the activities from the women who escaped and are still in shock”
“The three people who survived are currently in shock and suffering from trauma. They need to be helped medically and otherwise because all they have been burnt down by the bandits”.
The Secretary added that the bandits moved to Shapè village under the Sarki Pawa ward and slaughtered nine people while others in the community took to their heels adding that they also killed seven people in the Gogope ward.
The council secretary lamented, “All efforts to reach the security personnel proved abortive. We were told that for some days mobile network in Munya local government was seized. The people could not reach out to the security neither could they reach out to the council. And we at the Council got the message very late and efforts to get the security was not possible”.
He then pleaded with the state government to tackle the issue of mobile network seizure in Munya local government area to help curtail future attacks on the area