Niger imposes a 24-hour curfew on the community
By Laleye Dipo
Following the invasion of the town of Kagara, seat of the Rafi local government area in Niger state and the sacking of the Emir’s palace in the town on Tuesday evening, the state government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the city.
Only people performing essential tasks are allowed to move during the curfew period.
State Police Command public relations officer DSP Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the latest development to THISDAY in a telephone interview Thursday morning, however adding that normalcy has returned to the struggling community.
He said armed soldiers, police and local vigilantes are now patrolling the town to keep the peace.
During the invasion, Abiodun said numerous bandits were driven back when they wanted to attack the Kagara town police station, adding that it was due to their inability to search the station that the thugs had ransacked the Emir’s palace and the security camp. in the city.
Abiodun confirmed that two people lost their lives from injuries sustained in a shooting, while three others were injured and were hospitalized.
The police spokesperson also said some people had been kidnapped but did not know how many.
It was learned that the emir, Alhaji Ahmad Garba Gunna, was in Minna to attend an official ceremony when the bandits struck part of his kingdom.
Investigations by THISDAY revealed that Emir Gunna and State Police Commissioner Mr. Monday Bala Kuryas were in the city on Wednesday to gain insight into the situation.
A source close to the trip not covered by the press said as many as 400 rounds of spent bullets were picked up from various locations in the city, while several vehicles, including an armored personnel carrier of the police, were destroyed.
The personal residence of the emir in the palace would have been spared by the bandits who would be more than 300.
The bandits allegedly attacked the town in two groups and caught security officials unawares, it has been reported.
The jamming of communications with the city and some other communities in the senatorial zone of eastern Niger, according to a source, has made people vulnerable.