Three Soldier and scores of Bandits on Monday night lost their lives during a gun duel between the two in some communities in Magama Local Government Area of Niger State.
The gun duel according to sources, lasted for hours .
Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, who confirmed the deaths to newsmen in Minna on Tuesday at an expanded emergency Security meeting at Government House Minna, described the latest onslaught against the military by bandits as unfortunate.
He however, said that the bandits were being trailed by the Army and assured that they would soon be arrested.
Governor Bello disclosed that despite the banditry activities in the state, peace was gradually returning to some of the Communities recently sacked by the bandits.
According to him:”No fewer than 50 Communities have been resettled back in the villages. They were led back to their villages by the Soldiers.
“Now that the rain has started, the people who are predominantly farmers will go back to their farms and start planting,” the Governor added.
He said further, that, “all the affected Communities in the three local government areas of Shiroro, Munya and Rafi are major agrarian communities and with the security cover by the Military, farming will commence in earnest and the fear of food shortage next year is being allayed”.
In another development, Bello said security agencies have been put on red alert to deal with youth restiveness that has engulfed Minna, the state capital in the past one week during which many innocent people were seriously wounded.
“The youth restiveness we have been witnessing in Minna, the state capital in the past few days is very embarrassing. We discussed this development extensively at the just concluded security meeting and I have directed that anybody caught with cutlasses or any other dangerous weapons should be arrested immediately and dealt with accordingly, he declared.
Some Youths from different Communities in Minna, the state capital had been on to unleash terror on one another