Black Sunday in Kontagora as bandits slaughter 30 vigilantes
It was a Black Sunday in Kontagora, Niger State, after bandits slaughtered some thirty vigilante members waging a war with the bandits.
A resident of Kontagora informed ElombahNews that the vigilante corps selected some thirty-two of their able-bodied members to go and confront the bandits in their hideouts deep in the forests.
Unknown to them, an informant has already alerted the bandits who, in turn, laid ambush for the vigilantes.
As soon as they stepped into the ambush, the heavily armed bandits opened fire on them, killing thirty out of the thirty-two security men.
Only two of them escaped under circumstances adjudged mysterious to tell the tale.
When the news filtered back home, it was a solemn moment as the whole town was thrown into commotion and mourning.
Recall that ElombahNews reported on May 20 that many persons were feared dead after bandits stormed Kontagora, the hometown of the governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani-Bello.
It was gathered from residents that several people were killed following the onslaught which happened Thursday evening.
One of the victims was the son of the Emir of Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska.
Consequently, after the attack, various groups of vigilantes in Kontagora and environs decided to take the bull by the horn.
They set for war and went after the bandits wherever they may be found.
A Kontagora resident informed this medium that he sighted hundreds of them as they passed and headed towards the Kontagora-Rijau Road axis.
They were armed with various types of weapon, including sophisticated and dane guns, swords, daggers, matchetes, clubs, etc.
After the initial onslaught which was partially successful, they prepared for a second mission which was when things went awry.
The merciless bandits let them have it all, killing and wiping off almost all the band of security men.
Meanwhile, the state governor has also confirmed the massacre. In a statement released by the State government, he said:
“I mourn the killing of 20 vigilance corps members by the bandits in Magama Local Government Area.”
He also commended the security personnel for their efforts in the ongoing fight against bandits and other criminal elements in the state.