20 villagers, children drown in Niger river while fleeing bandits' attack

"For now, we don’t know the number of casualties because we have not been able to rescue anybody," a witness said.
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In an attempt to escape bandits' attack, at least, more than 20 locals, including women and children, have drowned in the Guni-Zumba river in Niger State.

According to Daily Trust, the tragic incident occurred on Wednesday morning when the terrorist attacked the Guni and Kurgbaku communities of Munya Local Government Area of the state.

Locals who were forced to flee their homes headed for the Internally Displaced People's camps in Gwada through the river in Zumba.

However, tragedy struck when their boat which was loaded beyond its capacity capsized in the middle of the river.

Confirming the incident, a resident identified as Shehu Abubakar lamented the lack of security presence in the area.

He said, “Bandits invaded our communities this morning, and in an attempt to flee, some people drowned in the Guni-Zumba river.

“Due to overloading, the boat capsized in the middle of the water. For now, we don’t know the number of casualties because we have not been able to rescue anybody but I can tell you that over 20 people, including women and children, were involved.”

Another resident named Michael Madaki added, “Bandits attacked Guni community in Munya LGA of Niger State, the villagers trying to escape but their boat capsized.”

As of the time of this report, the Niger State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, was unreachable.

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