t least three persons have been killed with no fewer than 50 others seriously injured during an attack at Grumana Community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State on Saturday afternoon.
The Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Suleiman Chukuba, confirmed the attacks to our correspondent on phone on Saturday evening.
Chukuba said this latest attack is the fifth in the area since January this year.
According to him over 300 cattle were also rustled from a Fulani man by the bandits.
He disclosed that the bandits invaded the community on about 100 motorcycles and shooting sporadically into the air to announce their arrival.
“I can’t ascertain the actual number of the bandits but my people said they came in on about 100 motorcycles, with three on each motorcycle.
“As I speak to you now, about 15 people have been taken to the hospital in Minna for treatment. The number of people injured is many but these were the ones that we were able retrieve so far,” he said.
Among the injured, he said were five of the vigilantes stationed in the area.
“I have equally notified the security agents on this latest attacks. What we saw today is like war, the situation is horrible,” he added.
The management of the General Hospital in Minna, led by Chief Medical Director, Dr. Ma’ali Ishak, were on ground to attend to those who sustained injuries in the attack.
Incidentally, President Muhammadu Buhari had last week ordered airstrike on bandits’ locations in the state.