The former Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, Sen. David Umaru, has insisted that 69 people were killed by armed bandits in the recent Shiroro attack in Niger state.
Umaru said the government was not being truthful to the people.
He made this known in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Minna
“For avoidance of doubt, I still reecho it that not less than 69 people were killed by the bandits, several injured and cattle rustled.
“Out of this number 55 bodies have been found whilst the search for the remaining bodies continues,” the statement read in part.
He went on to describe the statement made by the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet and Security, Government House, Alhaji Aliyu Isah Ekan, as libellous.
“My attention has been drawn to a libellous statement made by one Alhaji Aliyu Isah Ekan, the Permanent Secretary (Cabinet & Security), Government House, making some spurious allusions on my person regarding the death toll that resulted from the attack on my people by bandits.
“Ordinarily I would have kept mute because of the pain in me for the grave loss we suffered as a people in this carnage since I hail from Kwaki district of Shiroro LGA.
“For any serious and concerned government this should have been a period of mourning; a time for introspection and strategizing to be proactive so as to forestall further and future occurrences instead of indulging in pettiness.
“To accuse me of attempting “to make Niger state look unsafe in the eyes of the world” is idle talk. The world already knows that some part of Niger state are unsafe particularly areas in Shiroro LGA, Rafi and Munya LGAs and that the State Government has not shown any seriousness in addressing the problem.” he disclosed.