Bandits said to be numbering more than 60, have kidnapped many persons and rustled cattle in Madaka village and other neighbouring communities in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
The gunmen were said to have invaded the communities in the early hours of Wednesday, fully armed.
An eyewitness said the gunmen started shooting sporadically immediately they arrived the communities on motorcylces, the Vanguard reports.
The report said the attackers looted houses and shops.
“Beside looting the shops and houses, not less than 100 herds of cattle were rustled, while some villagers were also kidnapped.
“The gunmen also forced those kidnapped as informants to lead them from house to house to attack other residents and ended up looting their houses, carting away cash and other properties.
“They also used those kidnapped as shields to make it very difficult for the local vigilantes to attack them and what we later discovered is that the gunmen were headed towards Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area,” the witness was quoted as saying.
It was not stated if any life was lost in the incident, however, it said that men of the Nigerian Air Force quickly flew in and bombarded the bandits.
Ahmed Ibrahim Inga, Director-General of Niger State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), confirmed the attack.
“It is unfortunate that there was an invasion on another Local Government Area in the state this morning (yesterday) but I don’t have the details yet,” Inga noted.