No fewer than 11 people, including three villagers, have been killed by cattle rustlers who attacked some villages in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The cow thieves were said to have attacked Kwati, Basa and Kaore villages in Lakpan area of the council and carted away many cows.
It was learnt that some local vigilantes chased the rustlers and confronted them, resulting in the killing of eight of the rustlers while three of the vigilantes also lost their lives.
Head of the vigilantes in Kwati Village, Mr. Ibrahim Sule, said that the youths faced the rustlers with bare hands because the police were not present in the area.
Sule said one of his men, Bashir Guduma, 22 was killed while eight of the rustlers died in the battle.
During a condolence visit to the people, Senator David Umaru, condemned the increasing activities of cattle rustlers in the state and urged the Federal Government to step up security in the affected places.
He said: “The activities of cattle rustlers are becoming a major concern because these have increased in recent times and the cow thieves seemed to be having their way. The only organisation that is helping to rescue the villagers is what they call the ‘Yanbaga or local vigilantes.’ This is a sort of rag-shack arrangement by the communities to protect themselves from the cattle rustlers who are always heavily armed.”
The village head of Kwati, Alhaji Barko Barua, thanked Senator Umaru for coming to commiserate with the bereaved families, adding that he should always remember his people while in the Senate.

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