Three of the slain vigilantes
A commander of a vigilante group, Danladi Dobbo, four of his men and a hunter were killed by bandits in Kpada community of Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State.
The victims were killed in an ambush at the Lafiya-Kpada-Duma forest while on an operation to rescue kidnapped victims.
According to Daily Trust report, six other vigilantes sustained various degrees of bullet wounds in the attack.
A member of the vigilante who was part of the operation but preferred anonymity said the incident happened on Friday afternoon, June 24, after some vigilantes from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Niger State mobilised to the forest to rescue some 22 farmers that were abducted on a farm at Rafin-Daji community in Abaji Area Council of Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the vigilantes and hunters were approaching the forest some kilometres from Lafiya Kpada-Duma communities when the bandits laid ambush and opened fire on them.
Source: Linda Ikeji