Vigilantes have reportedly killed nine armed bandits in Lapai local government area of Niger state after a shootout.
Blueprint learnt that the incident occurred Sunday afternoon in Gulu district of the local government while the bandits were waiting to collect ransom and food from relations of victims they abducted earlier.
The vigilantes were said to have been alerted by the relatives who the bandits have asked to deliver food items, money and recharge cards to specified area of the forest.
It was also learnt that the vigilantes mobilised engaged the bandits in gun battle in locations within Fapo and Ebbo communities during which some of the criminals were killed and others escaped.
Witness account said, “The incident occurred Sunday afternoon when two persons going to pay ransom coincidentally met in vicinity in the bush while communicating with the bandits on the description and direction to follow to deliver the money.”
According to the witness whose name was not made public, “It was when the people who went to pay ransom suddenly saw the vigilantes after they were instructed by bandits to go back and buy them rice, breads, semo-vita and recharge cards that they informed the vigilantes on the matter.”
It was learnt that the gun battle lasted over two hours and that the bandits killed the abducted victims discovered to be tied to trees while four wounded bandits were arrested.