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Residents accuse Niger of inaction after spate of kidnaps

The communities affected include Rafi-Doko, Yakila, Katako and other surrounding villages in Rafi

Residents of some of the villages hit by bandits in past days have accused the state government of inactions in tackling insecurity in their domains.

The villagers, in some of the insecurity-ravaged communities in Rafi local government area of Niger state who are now fleeing from the villages over renewed attacks by bandits, made the allegation.

In the past week, over two people have been killed, 20 people kidnapped and several others injured along with several foodstuffs and properties destroyed by bandits.

The communities affected include Rafi-Doko, Yakila, Katako and other surrounding villages in Rafi local government area of Niger state.

The people whose communities are affected decried the recent incessant attacks by the bandits saying that it seems they are unrestricted as the attacks come in recurrence.

The people also lamented the inactions of the state government over the insecurity bedevilling the communities.

It was gathered that critical stakeholders are currently meeting over the security situation in the affected areas and how to address it.

The villagers were seen entering Tegina in Rafi local government area in their numbers with loads on their head.

Some residents of Tegina said the villagers are demanding for a place to set up a camp where they can stay until the security situation improves in their villages from the Niger state government.

Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA), Ibrahim Inga when contacted confirmed that people are fleeing their communities for safety.

He stated that the state government is not silent about the issue adding that the government is putting in measures to see how the people will have succour over the incessant attacks.

Inga said the measures will be proactive and the security situation in the state will be addressed.

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