Residents of Angwan Biri in the Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State say they are living in fear as a result of activities of some hoodlums in the community.
It was learnt that the hoodlums attacked their victims with weapons before dispossessing them of their belongings.
Northern City News gathered that the criminals, who are mostly in their early 20s, carry out their attacks on residents whenever there was a blackout.
Checks revealed that about six victims, mostly women, had been forcefully dispossessed of their personal effects such as handsets, cash and bags by the hoodlums.
The suspected criminals were believed to operate under the influence of hard drugs, a resident, Hajia Salma Ahmed said.
Narrating her ordeal, one of the victims, Ahmed told our correspondent that she lost her handset and bag containing her ATM card and identity card to the hoodlums.
According to her, she was attacked by three youths, while returning from Bosso market, adding that they threatened to stab her if she refused to surrender the bag.
Another victim, Hajiya Balkisu Sani, said she lost her handset valued at N65,000 to the criminals.
She said, “I was coming from the Angewan Masa area when some youths snatched my bag containing some valuables and cash and took to their heels. The vigilance group and the security agencies in the area should please intensify their patrol to ensure the security of the community.”
The Niger state Police Public Relations Officer, Babalola Adewole, could not be reached for comment on Thursday as calls to his phone indicated that it was unreachable.