• Community accused Joint Security Taskforce of inaction

From John Adams Minna

With barely one week after gunmen stormed Dangunu community in Munya local government area of Niger State and kidnapped a man and 16 members of his family, another group of Bandits have attacked Jagaba village in Pandogari community, Rafi local government area of the state and went away with 31 members of the village.

A middle age man, a father of four who attempted to escape the invasion was shot dead on the spot by the Bandits.

A source close to Pandogari community told our correspondent on phone that the gunmen believed to be numbering well over 50, stormed the village at about 11:00pm on Thursday and began to shot into the air to announce their arrival in the village.

He said many of the villagers, mostly and their children managed to escaped into the bush but the gunmen succeeded in going away with 31 members of the village.

According to our source, the Jagaba village where the incident occured is just two kilometers from camp of the Joint Security Taskforce stationed at Pandogari, adding there was no attempt by the security agents to repel the invasion despite distress call by the people.

It was further gathered that the local vigilantes who wanted to respond to the distress call by the people were also prevented from do so by the security taskforce and no reason was given for stopping the vigilantes.

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“We alerted the security taskforce that there was an attack on the village and that people are being kidnapped but they didn’t answer us. In fact the local vigilantes wanted to go after the Bandits but these people (Security Taskforce) stopped them.

“We don’t know why they refused to take action and go after the people, and they equally stopped the local vigilantes from attacking the bandits. The question is that what are they doing here”, our source queried.

Pandogari, Allawa and it’s environs have continue to be at receiving end of bandits activities for the past ten years with attendant loss of lives and properties worth millions either destroyed or looted away by the Bandits.

This necessitated the establishment of military camps at Allawa and Pandogari.

However for more than three occasions, the gunmen have lunched attacks on military camps at both Allawa and Pandogari, killing scores of security agents, and living many others with serious injuries.

When contacted on the latest incident the state Commissioner for Home Land Security, Gen. Garba Abdullahi Mohammed (rtd) confirmed the attack but said the number abducted was less than 31 but however did not give any figure.