70yr old woman leads local hunters naked in Niger to dislodge bandits

A 70-year-old woman has successfully led a number of vigilante group to dislodge some bandits that had been terrorising some local government areas in the State during which no fewer than 40 of the bandits were killed.

Besides being killed, an unspecified number of sophisticated weapons were said to have been recovered from the bandits.

Vanguard’s Correspondent reliably gathered that the local hunters and traditionalists engaged the bandits in a fierce battle in Zugurma Mashegu local government area of the State over the weekend.

The traditionalists and hunters our Correspondent learnt were led by the 70-year-old woman naked.

The “woman leader” was said to have administered some local medicine on the foot soldiers and led them into the Zugurma forests where she directed them to start shooting sporadically to attract the bandits who were hiding in the forests.

Our Correspondent gathered that the bandits immediately came out from their hiding and started retaliating but could not see the woman and her foot soldiers.

However, the local hunters ran after the bandits and ended slaughtering no fewer than fourth of them caught while many others fled.

An impeccable source from the area told our Correspondent that the Commander of the bandits who was said to be hiding on the tree was also commanded to come down.and arrested while four of the bandits who were said to have gone to the town to buy water, food, recharge cards and other items were arrested as they were returning back to their hideout and were all handed over to the Police.

The local hunters told some of the villagers that they deliberately spared the life of the Commander of the bandits in order to give more revelations to the Police towards apprehending others.

Last week, the State government engaged both Christians and Muslims to embark on Special prayers against the continuous invasion of the bandits on people of the State in the past weeks where lives and property worth millions of Naira were lost.

The State Police Command when contacted was silent over the development just as a top Officer of the Command who wanted anonymity simply said that Police has been drafted to the area and will further combe the forest for further arrest and restore security back to the Communities.

It could not be confirmed weather the state government officially engaged the local hunters and traditionalists specifically to carry out the counter attack on the bandit weekend but Governor Abubakar Sani Bello had in Zuru, Kebbi state over the weekend stated that traditionalists and local hunters will be engaged to wage total war against all forms of insecurity in the state.

Speaking at a civic reception organised for Senator Ibn Na’allah and some prominent sons of the kingdom in Kebbi State, the Governor said ” local militia, community vigilante groups and local hunters must collaborate with security Agencies in a renewed strategy, to completely wiped out the bandits from the State.”

According to him,” the radical approach has become necessary in order not to allow irresponsible miscreants continue to unleash terror on our people and subject our communities to their whims and caprices.

A statement signed by Press Secretary to the Governor Mrs. Mary Noel Berje said, “Already, Governors of Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger states are in talks to perfect the new strategy in order to address the situation that has hindered development and deprived the people of their means of livelihood.

“We must not allow them to send us out of our respective homes. We have to defend our territories, it has started in Niger and we have started recording success in that direction.”

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