“We Are Not Aware Of Any Boko Haram Attack” – Police Says
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January 2, 2017 ( Post 1 )
Following an attack over the weekend in several communities in Rafi local government area of Niger state, the police command has said it is not aware of any attack by members of Boko Horam sect in any part of the state.
According to a statement signed by DSP Bala Elkalla, on Monday, January 2, in Minna said the report was false. Read the full statement below:
“The attention of Niger State Police Command has been drawn to online reports especially from Thisday Newspaper and Leadership Sunday of 1/1/2017 on alleged invasion of some villages in Rafi LGA, of Niger by fleeing Boko Haram from the recaptured Sambisa forest.
The report is not only false but malicious and calculated at causing fear and panic among the peace loving people of Niger State.
The report is clearly a fiction emanating from the writers imagination. For the avoidance of doubt, Niger State is among the few states in the country that has conquered cattle rustling, kidnapping and armed banditry.
It is on record that within the past few months, the command, in its aggressive operations arrested over 40 armed bandits and recovered over 1,000 cattle and various types of assorted weapons.
In Rafi LGA alone, being a boundary community with Kaduna state, Zamfara and Kebbi states, the command has over 500 mobile policemen and special anti-robbery squads patrolling the villages.
Members of the public are enjoined to remain calm and go about their lawful businesses. The command has put in place sensitive security measures to guarantee adequate protection of lives and properties of the people.’
’ The statement urged political office holders to refrain from statements capable of truncating the long enjoyed peace in Niger State.
About 60 heavily armed bandits over the weekend attacked several communities in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger state and killed four persons, kidnapped 30 and also went away with 250 cattle from the communities.
The invaders who are suspected to be Boko Haram members fleeing from the recaptured Sambisa forest in Borno state reportedly operated with sophisticated weapons, including AK47 rifles, locally made guns, machetes and daggers.
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