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Suspected Terrorists Kill Policeman In Niger State

A policeman is believed to have been shot dead by gunmen Wednesday night at Chukuba community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State,  Northcentral Nigeria.

Sources in the community informed our reporter that a yet to be ascertained number of villagers sustained injuries during the attack by the gunmen suspected to be terrorists.

Lawal Doko, a resident of the community, narrated that “ the group stormed our village with heavy gunshots, they killed a policeman and terrorized us for more than an hour. Many sustained injuries”.

“Shiroro is no longer safe at all, we stopped going to our farmlands. The group is always attacking our villages, killing people and raping our wives and daughters,” another resident who did not mention his name lamented.

Suleiman Dauda Chukuba, Chairman of Shiroro Local Government confirmed the incident to journalists in Minna.

Chukuba called for intervention from both the state and federal government, noting that the people of the area live at the mercy of the terrorists.

Also,  the group attacked Rigo village in Rafi Local Government Area of the state and abducted five persons.

As of the time of filing this report, Niger State Police Command was yet to make any official statement on the killing of the policeman.

Abubakar Bello,  Governor of the state had on Monday visited a Bobi Grazing Reserve at Mariga, assuring the people of his administration’s readiness to tackle the armed groups attacking locals in the state. 

Shiroro and Rafi local governments are agricultural areas in Niger State and have been facing terror-related attacks. Last year, the group killed dozens and displaced thousands of people.


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