A total of 13 people have been confirmed killed in an attack by suspected bandits on Tuesday in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.
The police spokesperson in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, said 13 persons were killed and not 37 as reported in some platforms.
The police said the assailants attacked villagers who were harvesting crops on their farm in Nakundna village in Shiroro council area.
A statement by Governor Abubakar Bello, however, indicated that the attack spread to another village called Wurukuchi.
The police spokesperson said a police tactical team led by the Area Commander in Shiroro had been drafted to the area. He said the incident was not immediately attended to due to the rough terrain and lack of communication network in the area.
Bello, in a statement by his media aide, Mary Noel-Berje, described the attacks as insane and unacceptable. He added that the act was barbaric and inhumane.
The governor said the worrisome part of the security challenges was the inability of the farmers to harvest their farm produce, which he said might trigger food insecurity in the state.
Bello said a coordinated and simultaneous attack on the terrorists by security agents in the affected states would go a long way towards achieving success.