Cattle rustlers have killed four people in Niger State, leaving several others injured and no fewer than 700 cattle and unspecified numbers of goats stolen.
The incidence took place in Gbaka village, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
It was gathered that the rustlers used guns, cutlasses, bows and arrows. They were said to have arrived the village at about 6p.m. and started shooting sporadically to scare away the villagers.
The source said in the process, four of the villagers were killed and that many villagers, who ran into the bush, are still being searched for.
Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, confirmed the story but said police were yet to receive any report of death.
He also said that no arrest had been made, but that police are after the rustlers and that a special anti-rustling squad had been mobilised to the area.
In the last three weeks, about 12 people have been reported killed by cattle rustlers in the local government alone, while over 1,300 cattle were stolen.
Four people have been arrested in connection with the previous incidents, while 400 cattle were also recovered.
Bothered by the escalating cases of cattle rustling in the state, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, deployed a surveillance helicopter to the state.