Chased by bandits, residents of Niger, Kebbi take refuge in Zuru

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Thousands of people from villages in Niger and Kebbi states are taking refuge in surrounding communities of Zuru, Kebbi State after bandits attacked their communities, killed many and rustled their animals.

Rural Post gathered that some of the residents are taking refuge in primary schools in Amanawa and Zuru in Kebbi state.

Eye witness confirmed to our reporters that several villages in Rijau local government area of Niger State have been deserted due to activities of bandits who kill, burn houses and food items then rustle cattle.

Reports reaching Rural Post has it that bandits on Friday attacked communities bordering Niger and Kebbi states including villages around Kontagora in Niger and Darenge in Kebbi where they rustled several cattles and displaced hundreds.

The residents were said to have escaped in their hundreds to Zuru and surrounding communities where they are presently taking refuge.

A woman who identified herself as Aisha and is taking refuge in Amanawa, near Zuru told Rural Post that bandits had displaced them from their villages adding that they had killed their relatives and rustled their animals.

She called on the Nigerian government to assist them with food and other basic amenities a well as ensure peace so they can return to their communities.

On her part, Lydia Bawa who received some food items from a charity organisation funded by Nigeria’s former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi (rtd) thanked the former COAS for coming to their aid.

Bamaiyi, Nigeria’s former COAS between 1996 and 1999 is also from Zuru in Kebbi State.

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