Several people, including women, children fleeing from armed men drown in Niger state – Official

the governor of Niger StateAbubakar Bello, has confirmed the report that several people, including women and children fleeing the gunmen, drowned in the Guni-Zumba river. The victims were residents of the Guni and Kurgbaku communities in the Munya local governments of the state. The governor’s press aide, Mary Noel-Berje, in a statement Thursday described the incident as painful and disturbing. He mourned the relatives of the deceased and all the people of the Munya Local Government Area. “The attacks, which were said to be simultaneous, forced people to flee in an overloaded boat which then capsized killing everyone on board as no one was said to have been rescued,” the official statement said. The governor also ordered the state emergency agency to immediately begin search and rescue operations, as well as provide relief to the rest of the people in the affected communities. Residents said they fled to Zuma, a neighboring community, when they got a hint of the mass movement of armed men into their community. They quickly packed some of their belongings into wooden boats to cross into the relatively safe community of Zuma. Many others reportedly arrived in Zuma on Wednesday morning. Gunmen are active in Shiroro, Munya, Paikoro and Gurara and have invaded several communities in the areas with several residents reportedly killed or kidnapped. Bello denounced the unprovoked attacks against innocent citizens of these communities. The governor stated that no matter how long criminals continue their activities, the government will remain firm and will not lose heart in its efforts to crack down on crime in the state. The government did not give the number of deaths in the mishap of the boat. Local divers have reportedly recovered at least 16 bodies, while many others are still missing. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Several people, including women, children fleeing from armed men drown in Niger state – Official