Military Withdraws Troops As Niger Community Faces Renewed Attacks

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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The Nigerian military has shut down its camp and pulled out troops from Allawa community in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State due to recent attacks in the area.

Reports indicate that there have been new attacks in the community, forcing many residents, including women, the elderly, and children, to flee their homes in search of safety.

Residents of the community mentioned that they woke up on Thursday to find soldiers dismantling their tents in preparation to leave.

One local resident, who requested anonymity, stated that the withdrawal occurred two days after a military vehicle hit a landmine along Allawa-Pandogari road, resulting in unspecified casualties.

“I don’t know if you were aware that on Tuesday, April 23, 2024 the military personel on their way to Allawa stepped on IED and casuallities including death were recorded.

“Some of them are in the hospital. The incident happened on Allawa-pandogari road Tuesday,” he said.

Less than a week after six soldiers and a vigilante were killed in an ambush by bandits in Roro, another incident occurred on Tuesday. The bandits launched multiple attacks on Roro, Karaga, Rumace, and other farming communities.

Mallam Yahuza Allawa, another resident, mentioned that many residents left their communities as early as 4 a.m. on foot, seeking safety in Erena, Gwada, Kuta, or Zumba.

He emphasized the seriousness of the situation and requested assistance in reporting the issue. Due to the urgency, there were not enough motorcycles and vehicles available to evacuate the residents quickly.

“We are afraid. May be if you report it, government will bring vehicles to evacuate us to safe places. Our belongings are there, we can’t pack them.

“Wallahi, hundreds of us have left our communities already. We cannot take Pandogari road because it is not safe. So, we are moving to either Erena, Gwada, Kuta or Zumba. And from Allawa to Erena which is the only exit road for us is at least 42km and we are trekking because there are no vehicles to convey us. We have old people among us.

“Many people left their homes as early as 4am before early morning prayers. We cannot wait to be killed by these heartless bandits and Boko Haram,” he said.

He mentioned that the farmers who were fleeing had many goats, other domestic animals, and valuable items, such as food, that they couldn’t take with them because they didn’t have enough vehicles.

He explained that Allawa and nearby communities had been depending on the military for protection, so the sudden withdrawal was unexpected.

The Niger State Commissioner for Homeland Security, Brigadier General Bello Abdullahi Mohammed (RTD), confirmed the troops’ withdrawal.

He stated that it was part of the military’s plan to reevaluate and come up with better strategies to address the insecurity issues.

“The whole thing is about administrative arrangements by the military to restrategise to return in full strength,” he told DailyTrust.

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Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.