A resident of Niger State, whom we will simply refer to as “Malam Usman”, has raised a “Save Our Souls” alarm over Fulani terrorists’ invasion of the state’s towns and villages in the state.
The SOS was delivered by Malam Usman to ElombahNews through voice and text messages and subsequent telephone conversations.
In the text message, he wrote:
“Big wahala dey for Niger State oo!
“The day before they sacked Gulbin Boka, yesterday Shadadi, today Bangi.
“By the time they are done with villages, towns will follow.
“The next step will be kidnapping while traveling from one location to another.”
According to sources within the state, the places mentioned above – Gulbin Boka, Shadadi and Bangi – are middle class towns within the state.
According to telephone conversations held with Malam Usman, who spoke in Hausa language, the bandits arrived his village, one of the three mentioned above, with about one hundred and eighty motorcycles, each one carrying a rider with two passengers.
The marauding band struck last week, robbed the whole town and set shops ablaze, after which they left.
The whole operation lasted hours as it started early hours of the morning and continued till around 01:00PM.
Meanwhile, while the attack lasted, there was no security agent in sight!
The distraught villagers ran helter-skelter into surrounding bushes, while the advantaged ones flew to other towns and villages the bandits are yet to attack.
Malam Usman begged the federal and state governments to authorise residents to buy and possess gun to enable them defend themselves against the bandits.
This, he said, is because government agencies have proved futile in protecting them, while others are suspected to even connive with them to perpetrate mayhem.
Meanwhile, recently the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello also raised alarm that Boko Haram terrorists have captured some towns and villages in the state and have hoisted their flags in the captured areas.
Presently, several elites from Northern parts of Nigeria have severely condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the worsening insecurity in the region.
One such heavy critic is a popular Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dr. Ahmad Gumi.
Sheikh Gumi said that the bloodshed and killings in President Buhari’s government is devastating and by far more than that of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
He called for Buhari’s resignation, blaming him for bloodshed and saying he is full of mistakes.
Speaking in a recorded video, he also apologized to former President Jonathan, saying the former president was a better president than Buhari, whom he referred to as a tribalist and a segregationist.
ElombahNews contacted and updated a senior Army officer in the Nigeria Army Headquarters in Abuja, who confirmed the development.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, as he is not the Army spokesman, he said that the Department of State Security (DSS) has updated the Headquarters about the development and that efforts are in place to restore order in the affected areas.