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BREAKING: PDP delegates gunned down by bandits

Three delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Mariga Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Niger State for the governorship primaries have been shot dead by bandits.

POLITICS NIGERIA learned that the attack occurred on Wednesday between Mariga and Tegina. Tegina is in Rafi LGA.

They were killed on their way back to Mariga after the party postponed the primaries. Dozens of gunmen on motorcycles had ambushed them, resulting in the murder.

The Chairman of the State electoral panel and Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo who made the disclosure at the state party secretariat described the incident as sad.

Since 2010, gangs of bandits have run riot in vast swaths of northern Nigeria, but only in the last few years has the crisis ballooned into national prominence in Africa’s most populous country.

Data from the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project shows that bandits were responsible for more than 2,600 civilian deaths in 2021.

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