A vigilante group in Azza Community in Lapai local government of Niger state has foiled bandits attack on the community killing nine armed bandits.
The Vigilantes also arrested four of the bandits after an intense exchange of gunfire.
The incident was said to have happened on Sunday afternoon.
The Nation learnt that two people who were going to pay ransom met in the same place when they were trying to get the location to drop the ransom for the bandits.
The two people met the Vigilantes on the way and informed them about their plight and doubt about dropping the money for the bandits.
The Vigilantes then took over and traced the bandits to where they were supposed to receive the money and this led to the exchange of fire.
Residents of Gulu further said that the bandits had killed four men who they kidnapped some time ago.
Bodies of the men were found in a search and rescue mission by the vigilantes after a woman who escaped the bandits explained to them the route she took when she escaped.
Niger state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun was unavailable to make comments.