Gunmen have attacked some communities in Kaiama local government area of Kwara State killing four members of the local vigilance group and injured several others.
The villages attacked by the gunmen include Tunga Maje, Nukku and Woro .
The chairman of the council, Alhaji Abdullahi Abubakar, told newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital yesterday that the suspected gunmen mounted a camp in the National Park to move from one community to another to terrorise the residents.
The National Park covers about 50 kilometre of land between Kaiama local government area in Kwara State and Borgu local government area of Niger State.
Abubakar, added that the hoodlums usually returned to the park after robbing residents of the affected communities of their belongings particularly foodstuff, cows and goats.
According to him, when the complaint of the incessant attack was becoming too much, the council decided to deploy its members of the local vigilante to place surveillance on the place.
“Unfortunately, when the vigilante approached them in their camp, they exchanged fire to the extent that they killed one of the vigilante men and three others are missing.
“We don’t know their whereabouts and for now and nobody can go into the bush and start searching for the dead body,” he said.
He stated that the armed hoodlum were fond of blocking the roads at night to dispossess people of their money.
“One of our vigilante men is confirmed dead. While three others are missing, several other vigilante men were injured”, said the council chief.
He, however, noted that the state government has taken charge and that about 50 soldiers have been deployed from the 222 battalion to comb the bush.
The spokesman of the state police command, Ajayi Okasanmi confirmed the development.
He said that the state command had deployed mobile police men into the area while the commissioner of Police had ordered an investigation into the issue.
He also confirmed the death of a member of the local vigilante group, adding that three other persons were missing.
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