The Senator representing Niger East senatorial district, David Umaru, has condemned the alleged massacre of nine persons in Shiroro local government area of the state by bandits.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) senator also alleged that 15 persons including women and children were kidnapped by suspected bandits in the affected local government area recently.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday in Minna, Senator Umaru said the attacks took place in Badna, Malfa, Tunga villages and surrounding communities in Kurebe and Kwaki wards of Shiroro area.
He said the kidnapped women and young girls were raped while others sustained varying degree of injuries during the invasion of their homes by the attackers.
“It is with heavy heart and a very sad mood that I issued this statement today on a most callous and brutal armed attack on my good people of Badna, Malfa, Tunga villages and surrounding communities in Kurebe and Kwaki wards of Shiroro area within Niger East Senatorial District.
“I am particularly saddened and shocked at the cruel massacre of 9 people of my constituents, the kidnap of 15 innocent people mostly women and girls in an attack in which several others were raped, injured and hospitalized with 11 in critical conditions.
“It’s painful to note that this incident which occurred not more than 36 hours ago is just one amongst several other brazen attacks that have been carried out in the area in recent times,” he lamented.
According to him, about four days ago, several attacks were carried out and in one of which a woman and her daughter were kidnapped and a Royal Prince abducted at Kwararamai.
“Also, in a related incident, 3 persons were killed whilst 3 were abducted in Malfa. Villages like Kwararamai, Jankuta and Marraraban Bataro where 17 persons were abducted in one night have all suffered the same fate,” he said.
The senator acknowledged the past efforts of security agencies especially the police and military in curbing cases of cattle rustling, kidnapping, armed robbery and other criminal activities in Niger East Senatorial District, but said he is however disturbed with the recent upsurge in the activities of the hoodlums in that part of the state.
He called on the Commissioner of Police and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1st Div. Kaduna to deploy sufficient personnel to the hot spots particularly in surrounding villages in Kurebe/Kushaka, and Kwaki/Chukuba, wards of Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
He also urged the security agencies to give similar attention to areas under serious threats in Munya and Rafi LGAs.
However, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abubakar Dan Ina, said one person was killed, while one other was kidnapped.