Niger State Governor, Alh. (Dr) Abubakar Sani Bello

It was all tears at  the Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs) camp in Erena, in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, when the state governor, Alh. (Dr) Abubakar Sani Bello, visited victims of recent bandits attack in the area.
At Central Primary School, Erena, about 2,353 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camped as a result of the activities of bandits that terrorized over eight communities,  leaving at least 37 persons dead and no fewer than 20 injured.
When Governor Abubakar Sani Bello visited Erena village to sympathize with the victims, following series of attacks by the armed bandits, the victims were grief-shaken.
One of the villagers who escaped the attack, Mohammed Kabir from Kwaki village, said: “The bandits were heartless as if they were sent from hell. How could they even have to kill and injure children, women and the old? This is senseless and must come to an end.
“I couldn’t stand the sight of the women that have been turned into widows; 42 of them have been rendered without husbands, killed at no fault of theirs; some devil incarnates decided to take pleasure in causing grief and mayhem to innocent Nigerians.
The day of reckoning will surely come upon them and the wrath of God will descend on them. The plea of the orphans and the blood of the dead will seek for vengeance. It is either they repent or the wrath of God will fall on them,” he told reporters.
Remembering their ordeal and lost, the victims broke into tears, even as  Governor Bello comforted the widows, who were kept separate from other victims. The governor urged them to take solace in God: “I felt for them, I really did. Some of the widows are nursing mothers, a whopping 150 women were nursing mothers in the IDP camp; imagine how they would have trekked a long distance to come to the IDP camp.” Gov Bello added in a sorrowful mood.
There was one stillbirth, two miscarriages, and two deliveries at the camp.
Victims of the attack that have severe injuries, that could not be treated, were moved to General Hospital in Kuta.
Narrating their ordeal and how some of them escaped, Danjuma Tanko said that when the dare devil bandits arrived their village of Kwaki, they were shooting indiscriminately and sporadically, aiming at anyone in sight, including male, female and children. They spared no one.
He said they took to their heels and those who made it to the mountains were saved; how they climbed the mountains were what he couldn’t explain.
He continued his lamentation, saying that the bandits came on about 30 motorcycles, three on each bike, and that after successfully driving them out of their villages, they rustled their cattle and made away their food stuffs, promising to return.
Tanko said that they never knew the bandits will return as they promised; alas! they did and they were more brutal, maiming, and killing as if the villagers were  animals.
A young man narrated that whenever they sighted a helicopter in their locality, it was always followed by bandits attack within the neigbouring villages, but they never knew it would be their turn.
He appreciated the governor for his intervention by dispatching soldiers and other security agents.
One of the villagers became inconsolable as he bursted into tears while narrating the ordeal of his people.
The governor met the emir of Minna, Alh Umaru Faruq Bahago, who had also gone there to commiserate with his subjects.
The governor then assured the people of military presence in the troubled spots.
He condemned the wanton destruction by the bandits, while assuring the villagers that he had sought the assistance of the federal government in tackling the menace.
He promised the affected areas that they will soon return to their villages and that they will get the desired security they needed while urging them to fish out the informants and the bandits among them for prosecution. He assured that they will get government protection as their identities will not be disclosed.
At the IDPs camp, the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) was on ground providing health and other succour to the affected victims.
The state acting Director General, Abdulsalam Tanko Mohammed, said that food and relief materials worth thousands of naira had been delivered and distributed among the IDPs.
Mohammed acknowledged the role of the communities not affected for being their true brothers’ keeper, as they too provided food items to support and complement the role of the government.