Unknown gunmen on Tuesday allegedly invaded the palace of Emir of Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
The gunmen according to reports, stormed the palace at about 6:00 p.m.
It was also gathered that the gunmen arrived on about 20 motorcycles, carrying three persons each, and shooting sporadically to scare residents of the area.
Traders in the Kagara market were said to have abandoned thier goods and scampered for safety as they heard the sporadic gunshots.
A source said residents of the area have fled to the bush for safety to avoid either being kidnapped or killed by the armed gunmen.
“The armed men arrived on twenty motorcycles through the Madaka road from where the Kagara boys were kidnapped some months back, this evening. They attacked the Emir’s Palace and the Kagara market. People were running helter skelter for safety. We cried to the security agencies and they arrived to help us. Many have left their homes and taken refuge in the bush.
“The situation is bad now because of the network that has been jammed. We don’t know what is happening,” the source stated.
The Emir of Kagara Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna Attahiru II was said to have been away from his palace while the bandits were on rampage.
Efforts to get the reaction of the Chairman of Rafi LGA, Alhaji Ismaila Danmodibo, failed as he could not be reached.
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO,) Wasiu Abiodun, could not confirm the incident immediately.