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Tragedy: Village Head, Others Massacred by Gunmen In Niger State

Posted: Sep 23, 2015 at 5:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Tragedy: Village Head, Others Massacred by Gunmen In Niger State
Chinwendu Nnadozie
Snr Correspondent,
The District Head of Alawa community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State and six others, were on Tuesday night, September 22 slaughtered by  gunmen who invaded the community.
The assailants, armed with assorted types of guns numbering about 20 stormed the village when all the villagers had retired to bed and also snuffed life out of a police inspector during their killing escapade which lasted till dawn on Wednesday.
Though what may have caused the invasion and the number of casualties is still sketchy as at the time of filing this report, eyewitness told our correspondent that the dusk till dawn shooting created confusion among the dwellers some of whom in their bid to escape were caught down.
The villagers had already retired after the days’ struggle when they were suddenly woken up by sporadic gunshots at midnight. Unknown to the villagers, the attackers had taken position as most of the victims in their bid to escape ran into the hands of the attackers.
Investigations also indicated that the attackers said to have included some cattle rustlers, well armed with sophisticated weapons invaded the residence of the village head where they used knife to slaughter him and two other members of his household.
Our correspondent also gathered that the attackers used sophisticated weapons, including AK47 riffles, cutlasses, knife to kill the victims just as some victims were slaughtered
while others were shot.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports also had it that most of the attackers were people alleged to be cattle rustlers on a revenge mission over the loss of their cattle mobilized to attack the community whom they accused of conniving with the police and the military to cart away their cattle.
A number of ‘cattle rustlers’ were apprehended by the men of Nigeria Army and they were later handed over to the police while the cows recovered were handed over to the local government council chairmen where the cattle were said to have been distributed to people who claimed to have lost their cattle.
Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Niger state police command, ASP Bala Elkana confirmed the attack explaining however that the command has dispatched a team of officers and men to the village to restore normalcy and to confirmed the number of casualties.

Bala Elkana told our correspondent that only five people, including the village Head and an Inspector of Police lost their lives and details of what actually led to the attack is being expected by the command.