Former senator David Umaru is insisting that at least 69 people were killed by bandits recently in Shiroro, Niger State.

But the government had accused him of making Niger look like an unsafe place for people.

Umaru, however, fired back saying: “For the avoidance of doubt, I still re-echo it that not less than 69 people were killed by the bandits, several injured and cattle rustled. Of this number, 55 bodies have been found while the search for the remaining bodies continues.”

Regarding the state government’s accusation against him, he stated: “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 Local Government Area (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 parts 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.”

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