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Over 20 killed as bandits launch deadly assault on Benue, Niger communities

Multiple Attacks Leave Dozens Dead in Niger and Benue States

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Fresh details have emerged regarding the harrowing assault on the Madaka community in the Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, revealing a death toll exceeding 20 individuals. Among the casualties were two monarchs and the vigilance group commander of the area.

The brazen attack, which took place on Thursday, saw the bandits overrun two communities in the area, unleashing chaos by indiscriminately shooting and setting ablaze houses and shops.

According to reports, the assailants struck at approximately 3 pm, catching residents off guard and leaving a trail of devastation in their wake.

The Village Head of Madaka, Saleh Kakuri, and Deputy Commander Iko of the local vigilance group were among those killed in the onslaught. Additionally, the bandits invaded the Majanjan and Anguwan Bala districts, resulting in the deaths of several prominent figures, including village heads and their family members.

Residents described scenes of horror and desperation as the attackers wreaked havoc with impunity, highlighting a concerning lack of response from security agencies.

District Head Isah Bawale confirmed the grim events, recounting the extensive damage inflicted on the communities, including the destruction of homes, shops, vehicles, and motorcycles.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach the Niger State Police Command for comment proved unsuccessful, further exacerbating concerns over the perceived absence of security measures in the affected areas.

In a separate incident, bandits targeted the Yongia Uambie Tiev community in the Logo Local Government Area of Benue State, resulting in the deaths of seven individuals between Tuesday and Wednesday. Community leaders reported coordinated attacks by armed herders armed with sophisticated weapons, with casualties mounting as the violence escalated.

Lawmakers have decried the relentless attacks on their constituencies, highlighting the urgent need for effective security measures to protect vulnerable communities from further bloodshed and displacement.

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