From Mathew Jwantu, Minna
Barely 3 weeks after a peace deal between the Niger State Government and bandits in the state, days of tragedy are back as unknown bandits have again allegedly attacked some communities in Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
Our Correspondent reports that no fewer than 1,200 residents were sacked from their homes.
The fresh attacks came barely one month after armed bandits attacked seven communities in the same area, killing two women a child and sacking over five thousand persons from their homes.
An eye witness disclosed that the fresh attacks on Gyaramiya, Bataron Jatau and Bataron Waziri communities took place at about 10:00 am last Wednesday.
According to the source, the armed men dispossessed members of the communities of their valuables including food stuff and petroleum products.
They alleged that the bandits did not however kill anyone, but threatened the residents to vacate their homes and leave for Alawa town in the same local government.
Responding to the messages sent to him by our Correspondent, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abubakar Dan-Inna said he was yet to receive official reports on the attacks from the Divisional Police Officer in the area.
He pointed out that due to the difficulty of the terrain; communication to the area was a major challenge.
But, the District Head of Alawa, Ibrahim Salihu in a telephone conversation with our Correspondent however confirmed the incident.
He said “as at this moment over 1,200 displaced people from the three communities are in Alawa looking for shelter and food”, and appealed to the state government to come to their aid.
“This is contrary to the peace deal signed with bandits in the state recently”, Salihu lamented.
It would be recalled that Governor Sani Bello has recently said at Justice Lobo Kutigi Conference Hall that the bandits have surrendered their weapons, and promised to talk to their colleagues to seize fire.