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Senator: Killing of 32 Farmers, 11 Security Men by Terrorists in Niger, Sad

Senate Services Committee Chairman, Senator Sani Musa, has vehemently condemned the killings of innocent souls in Shiroro and Paikoro Local Government Areas of Niger State between Friday and Saturday last week, describing deadly acts as disheartening.

The Senator representing Niger East, said the fresh attacks carried out by the terrorists – the Islamic State in West Africa, led to the killing of 11 security agents and several peasant farmers.

He said that at least 32 persons were killed overall across the affected communities.

In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, Senator Musa who described the massive killing and wanton destruction of property as too many, disheartening, sad and unfortunate, called on the armed forces to re-strategize and double their operational methods.

The APC National Chairmanship aspirant reiterated his call on President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the rescue of the state.

He also called on residents of the affected communities in Galadiman Kogo and Kuchi in Shiroro and Munya local government areas to always provide security agencies with credible information in order to nip the menace in the bud.

Musa urged the Federal Government, security agencies and the state government should not leave any stone unturned in their efforts at ridding Niger State of crime.

“What is happening to us in Niger State in terms of insecurity is beyond our power and this is why we are calling on the Federal Government to come to our rescue immediately.

“I also call the armed forces to re-strategize their operational modes and the Military needs to wake up and do the needful”, he stated.

Musa also called on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Alkali and other security agencies to intensify their efforts by investigating the masterminds of the killings and make them face the full wrath of the law in order to serve as a deterrent to others.

According to him, ” I wish to most heartily on behalf of the people of Niger East condemn these dastardly acts of taking the lives of innocent people and destruction of property and to console with the families of those who have lost their loved ones in the course of these senseless attacks.”

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The Niger State Government had said that bandits killed 11 security agents and several villagers in separate attacks between Friday and Saturday in Shiroro and Paikoro local government areas of the state.

Residents of the areas said at least 32 persons were killed overall across the affected communities.

Governor Abubakar Bello spoke on the attacks on Tuesday through a statement issued by his media aide, Mary Noel-Berje.

The Governor had said “the terrorists, numbering over 100 invaded the community in broad daylight, killing about 11 Joint Security Taskforce members, several villagers and leaving many injured.

He said that scores of the gunmen were also said to have been neutralised, adding that the attacks on Galadiman Kogo and other villages in Shiroro council area could have been averted if the locals had alerted the security forces on time.

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