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44 vigilantes indicted for murder in Niger state

White paper report has indicted forty-four local Vigilante for alleged killings, injuries and abduction of some people at Maza kuka in Mashegu local government areas of Niger state.

Chairman White Paper Committee on Judicial Commission of Enquiry into cases of killings injury and abduction in Maza kuka and environs, Dr. Jonathan Wasa stated this while addressing Newsmen in Minna.

Dr. Wasa explained that the Vigilante members were alleged to have carried out the act on a revenge mission, after the initial killings of worshipper by unknown gun men, at a mosque in Mashegu local government council.

He explained that members of the Commission of Enquiry have recommended to Niger state government the setting up of two committees to forestall future occurence.

Members of the committee are the compensation committee and that of peace and reconciliation in which traditional and religious leaders, retired civil servants as well as youths are to be actiively involved in the exercise.

Dr Jonathan Wasa stressed the need for urgent and decisive step to be taken to bring all those involved in the ugly act to book, to serve as deterrent to others.

About twenty-seven persons were killed, seventeen others abducted and eleven persons released after payment of ransom among others.

Reporting by Aliyu Lawal; Editing by Julian Osamoto