Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
Armed-to-teeth bandits, in their hundreds, have raided several communities in Kontagora, Mariga, and Rijau local government areas in Niger State.
Stonix News gleaned from PRNigeria that the terrorists stormed the communities in a convoy of about 100 motorcycles and killed children at Bangi, a community in Mariga Local Government Area.
Armed with weapons of warfare, the bandits reportedly razed several houses and even looted provision stalls they had vandalised.
A credible local source told PRNigeria that the bandits also rustled no fewer than 250 cattle from their raided villages on their routes.
“These criminals operated ‘freely’ in several communities in the axes of Kontagora, Mariga and Rijau just like they have done severally in the past.
“Aside sacking Argida, Babugadi, Warari, Birnin Boga, Mogola and several villages, they also killed little children at Bangi. Other villagers only escaped by the whisker.
“The bandits rode on motorcycles numbering over a 100. They successfully rustled no fewer than 250 cattle, which they moved to the dense Maonda forest,” he added.
Meanwhile, a ‘heavy’ surveillance operation is said to have been launched by the police operatives in forests to ambush the bandits in the local government.
A military intelligence office, however, attributed bad weather as reason that prevented Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack jets from launching counter-attack offensives against the criminal elements.
“Fighters pilot are being cautioned to be mindful of severe weather conditions due to adverse hazy weather including intensity storm, poor visibility, high turbulence.
“They adhere strictly to the metrological warnings on deterioration of horizontal visibility occasioned by a noticeable advection of dust that come with associated risks and dangers that could harm fighter aircraft during military operations,” the officer said.