Following the spate of bandit attacks, over 2,277 people have been displaced in eight communities in Shiroro local government area of Niger State.
The affected communities, according to a report by The Nation, include Kwaki village, Barden Dawaki village, Ajatawyi village, Gwassa, Ajayin Bataro, Bwailo, Baton village and Giji village.
Recall that on Sunday, bandits had invaded many communities in the local government area, leaving over 62 people killed, scores of people injured while some are still missing.
It was gathered that while the state government was trying to set up Internally Displaced Persons, IDP, camps, some other displaced people had taken refuge in some schools in Gwada and Zumba areas of the local government area.
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The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, Mohammed Abubakar, said security agents had been drafted to the local government area to ensure that normalcy returns to the council.
However, a Youth Leader in Gwada area, Alheri Yunusa, said that though normalcy has returned to the affected communities, the villagers were scared of going back home.
According to him, a lot of people were killed and injured while some were still missing.
“A friend of mine when he heard about the attack went to his village to bring his grandmother back to town but we are yet to hear about him. I was told he was shot, so we do not know if he is still alive or dead,” Mr Yunusa stated.
Giving the breakdown of figures of the displaced persons, the Niger state Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA, said as at Thursday night, 2004 people had been registered into Erena Camp, 134 in Gwada Camp and 139 in Zumba Camp.