Niger army engages bandits in sokoto  as Nigerian soldiers abscond

Niger army are engaging bandits in sokoto communities as Nigerian army reportedly abscond.

Mr. Ibrahim Gobir, a senator representing Sokoto East, made this known at the floor of Nigerian Senate, Premium Times reports.

Gobir said Sokoto residents rely on the Niger army to provide security to them, pointing out that Nigerian soldiers have absconded and abandoned the community.

The senator said not less than 5,000 residents in the affected areas have moved to Niger Republic for safety, considering how the Niger army is confronting the bandits.

The motion, sponsored by Sabi Abdullahi, sought urgent military action against banditry in Niger State.

Mr Gobir said the Sokoto attacks have been worse than any other parts of the country. And within the last three months, “not less than 300 people in Sokoto East Senatorial District have either been killed or kidnapped by the rampaging armed bandits on daily basis.”

“The situation in Sokoto East as far as armed banditry is concerned, is pathetic and tragic because it is only Nigerien Army that had been coming to their rescue while the Nigerian Army looks the other way round.

“Infact, based on very reliable and verifiable information from the area, many at times, that the people of the affected areas called on Nigerian Army for help and protection against the bandits, no response.

“But graciously, the Nigerien Army has been assisting in wading off the bandits, the very reason while not less than 5,000 people in the affected areas have migrated to Niger Republic for safety,” he said.

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