At least twenty people, including women and children, drowned while escaping a bandit onslaught in the Guni-Zumba river.
The victims fled after robbers assaulted the Guni and Kurgbaku settlements in Niger state’s Munya Local Government Area, according to Daily Trust.
The event occurred on Wednesday morning, when bandits attacked both settlements at the same time, causing residents to flee.
According to sources, the victims were using a boat to cross the river to IDP camps in Zumba and Gwada.
According to a local, Shehu Abubakar, the boat was overloaded, causing it to capsize in the middle of the lake.
“Bandits attacked our settlements this morning, and some people perished in the Guni-Zumba river in an attempt to flee.” The boat capsized in the middle of the sea due to overcrowding. We don’t know the exact number of victims yet since we haven’t been able to rescue anyone, but I can tell you that over 20 individuals were involved, including women and children.”
He bemoaned the lack of security in the neighborhood.
“Bandits assaulted Guni hamlet in Munya LGA of Niger State, the locals tried to flee but their boat sank,” another resident, Michael Madaki, claimed.
DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the Public Relations Officer for the Niger State Police Command, did not return calls or a message left for him.