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Bandits sack three Niger communities

Armed bandits have laid siege on three villages in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger state, barely twenty-four hours after an attack on Kukoki village.

The bandits invaded Rafin-wayam, Rafin-kwakwa as well as Gidan Dogo-Gurgu villages, forcing all the villagers to flee to Kagara, the headquarters of Rafi LGA.

An eye witness, Malam Rilwana, said the bandits first encircled them at Rafin Wayam village and carted away bread and beverages before heading to Pangu-Gari community.

He said the bandits rode on dozens of motor cycles with each carrying three people.

Meanwhile, the Lagos-Kaduna Highway was blocked as youths in Kagara town carried placards to protest incessant armed banditry and kidnappings in the adjoining forest in the area.

Some of the youths chanted anti-government slogan, alleging that government has been insensitive to the plight of the displaced persons sacked by bandits in the last three days.
One of the protesting youth, Jamilu, lamented the poor condition of the IDP camp in Kagara, saying the camp lacked adequate food, water and sanitary facilities.

The youths called on the state government to urgently send food and other basics necessities to the displaced persons from Kukoki, Rafin Wayam, Rafin Kwakwa, Gidan Dogo-gurgu, Maranji and Hanawanka.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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