Gunmen kills 3 Soldiers, Vigilante kidnapped A Chinese In Niger

Olabode Adaramola

No fewer than three soldiers and one local  vigilante group member have been killed by unidentified gunmen, suspected to be armed bandits who came to attack their victims  in their numbers on motorcycles in Yakila village of Rafi local government area of Niger state.

National  gathered that this followed the abduction of a Chinese expatriate staff of a construction company  along side with his driver at a construction site  in Yakila village of  the Council area by the fleeing gunmen recently who fled into the nearby forest  to an unknown destination in a bid to evade Police arrest, thereby  leading to the deployment of security personnel  to the area.

According to an eye witness who craved for anonymity  in an  interview by  telephone by our reporter, adding that both the soldiers and vigilante member were at Yakila village  to rescue the Chinese exprtriate staff  and his driver who were abducted by gunmen but lost their lives in an exchange of gun fire with bandits numbering about thirty.

Again according to another eye witness who told our reporter that two motorcycles were seen inside their  Toyota Hilux Van with one arrest made and with the security Operatives tying  the  suspect’s face with cloth

The reliable source added  that the  corpses of the attackers suspected  to be bandits were sighted in the busy but cannot tell the exalt number.

Consequently, the bandits were said to be heavily armed while they were  said to be  about with their operational motorbikes, numbering about 15  motorcycles with some of their members on top the motorbikes.

But despite repeated phone calls and text messages, the Image Maker of the Niger State  Police  Command, ASP Wasiu Abiodun for  confirmation of  incident, he did not respond  to the text messages nor picked the phone calls, as  the time of filling in this report on Tuesday in the afternoon.

But responding to the ugly incidence, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello on Security matters Colonel MK Maikudi (retired) confirmed the incident.

He said security agencies have mobilised their personnel to the troubled area  and have re- strategize there by deploying their  operatives to the area where they also killed some of the suspected armed  bandits.

Post Author: Friday Ekeoba