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Bandits Attack On Niger Town,  Repelled By Joint  Security Task Force  

Olabode Adaramola

The security Joint Task Force deployed to keep watch  in Erena  town of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State has successfully repelled armed bandits attack on the town after engaging the hoodlums on several  hours of Superior  gun  battle

Nigerian Tribune gathered  that the bandits had  laid siege on  the town at about 4:00am on Tuesday in  their numerous  numbers in a coordinated attempt to unleash terror  on the people.

It was further learnt  that the security task force based in the town however put up brave fights with their  superior fire power that prevented the hoodlums  from gaining access.

An eye witness account  who is said to be  Co- Covener of Shiroro Youths Forum, Comrade Bello Ibrahim told our reporter in a brief chat on Tuesday in Minna  that an Hilux van assigned  to the security outfit was however set on fire  by the bandits.

According to Ibrahim who spoke to  the National Wires    in an  interview by Telephone , said, “yes I can confirm to you that in the early hours of today,( Tuesday) that some armed gang  terrorists in their large numbers stormed Erena town in an attempt to unleash terror on defenceless, peaceful and unsuspecting locals”.

He explained that the terrorists however met a stiff  resistance from the Security Joint Task Force team , comprising conventional security and local vigilantes, stationed at the  Day Secondary School, Erena.

He said, “they were engaged in a fierce gun battle which lasted for several hours and consequently, the criminals couldn’t gain access to the town. There were sporadic gunshots as sounds of gunshots could be heard from all over the places”.

He said casualty figures from both sides have not been ascertained as of the time of filing this report on Tuesday in Minna,  as the area has been condone off by security operatives hilighting  that, ” a vehicle belonging to the gallant security men was seen to have been set ablaze. On the whole, the deadly attack was successfully repelled. Kudos to our galant officers and men in conjunction with  local vigilante group for this heroic performance while on line of duty”.

However, concerted efforts by our reporter to confirm the incident with the Police Publice Relations Officer, Niger State Command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun was not successful, as several calls made to reach him was not answered while the Police Image Maker also did not reply the text mesaage sent to his cellphone.

Also, as of the time of filing this report on Tuesday, Authorities of the State Police Command  was  yet to issue a statement on the incident.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba