Nigeria bandit attack leaves 88 dead in Kebbi State

Nigeria banditry

Residents of Gauraka community in Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State set bonfire on the Kaduna-Abuja highway in Gauruka, near Abuja, Nigeria, on May 24, 2021 during a protest against incessant kidnapping and killings after gunmen kidnapped 16 residents and killed three others in Niger State. 

Photo credit: Kola Sulaimon| AFP


Police have found 88 bodies of people killed by bandits in Kebbi State, North West Nigeria.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nafi’u Abubakar, said people were killed in eight different communities in Danko-Wasagu Local Government Area on June 3, 2021.

The killings took place in Koro, Kimpi, Gaya, Dimi, Zutu, Rafin Gora and Iguenge villages, all in Danko/Wasagu local government.

He said that the government had dispatched security agencies to maintain law and order in the affected communities.

Bandit attacks are rampant in 19 northern states of Nigeria. At least 156 pupils were kidnapped from Salihu Tanko Islamiyya School, Tegina, Niger State last week.

The bandits are now demanding $900,000 ransom from an earlier figure of $450,000 because of the delay in remitting the money for the release of the children.

The bandits also rejected the $22,000 raised by the community.

Three parents of the abductees have reportedly died of heart attack.

Mr Malam Ali Mohammed, a parent, said the gunmen have threatened to kill the children if the ransom is not paid.

 “We are poor people; we don’t have such money,” he said.

The head teacher of the school, Mr Abubakar Alhassan, confirmed that the gunmen had raised the ransom.

 “I was begging them (bandits) but they didn’t listen. They hanged up and I haven’t heard from them again,” Mr Alhassan said.