Tunde Bolaji, Minna.
Bandits have again attacked Ukuru village in Mariga local government of Niger state of which fourteen people have been feared dead .
Image maker of the state police command, ASP Abiodun Wasiu when contacted confirmed the incident to to Newsmen in Minna.
He said the gunmen attacked the village at about 3:30PM .
According to him five other persons sustained gunshot injuries and were currently receiving treatment at the Mariga General Hospital.
ASP Abiodun added that policemen and local vigilante were on the trail of the alleged cattle rustlers.
Chairman of the Vigilante group in Ukuru, Ashafa S. Maikera also confirmed the incident via telephone conversation.
He added that the heavily armed gunmen riding on over 52 motorcycles had laid ambush on the community over the night before striking in at about 4:00PM.
He said those who lost their lives include 13 men and a female who was having psychological problem.
He also disclosed that four of his men were among those that were killed in the attack.
Mallam Maikera revealed that his team was overpowered by the armed men because of insufficient weapons.
He pointed out that “the gunmen who attacked us were carrying sophisticated weapons, while my men only had ‘shoot and hide’ (his description of a Dane gun) guns”.
While commending the State government for supporting the State vigilante personnel, Maikeri appealed to Governor Abubakar Bello to provide more funds and equipment to the outfit to enable its members discharge their responsibilities effectively.
Another resident from the community, Alhaji Musa Audu who spoke via telephone conversation said that his cousin brother was among those killed.
According to him, the bodies of fifteen persons have so far been found, explaining that many people who sustained injuries ran into nearby bush and they are still being searched for.