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Bandits kill Emir’s eldest son, others in Niger

Bandits reportedly killed the son of an Emir, Bashar Saidu Namaska, on his father’s farm in Masuga village, close to Kontagora town in Niger State on Thursday.

Besides the Emir’s son, who was gunned down, some people working on the farm were also said to have been killed by the bandits.

The armed men also stole an unspecified number of cows from the farm. It was gathered that the bandits also flagged down both commercial and private vehicles plying the road, collected their phones, money and other valuables.

An eyewitness said those without cash on them were beaten by the bandits who abducted several others to an unknown location.

A top government official, who confirmed the incident, said, “It is true that bandits invaded Kontagora town and shot several people and killed the Emir’s son, Alhaji Bashar.

“His death will be formerly announced today (yesterday)and also buried immediately.

“He was rushed to the hospital immediately he was shot but confirmed dead immediately he got to the hospital.”