Residents of Burra group within the Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State have stated they paid over N72million as ransom to kidnappers in an effort to safe the discharge of their household and family members in 2020.
The Executive Chairman of Ningi LGA, Mamuda Hassan Tabla disclosed this whereas talking with journalists in Bauchi.
Tabla lamented that the folks of the world at the moment are dwelling in perpetual worry daily on account of incessant kidnapping and different types of banditry.
He stated that the council had acquired complaints from Farmers’ Associations from Burra communities concerning the inflow of strangers from Zamfara State, numbering about 5,000 households that settled within the bush, the huge Lame/Burra Games reserves.
He additionally stated that that the council reliably gathered that the strangers had been reducing timber and farming within the space, including that they even constructed a mosque and after that their settling had turn out to be a menace to the natives.
“The communities witnessed series of abduction of their people. Whenever a person is abducted, the bandits will ask the victim to take the ransom to Zamfara State and within the last one year, the communities said they paid over N72million as ransom,” he stated.
“When we received the report, we decided to investigate the matter and discovered that the present administration inherited the problem. We noticed that people from other states started settling in the bush since 2012 with series of kidnappings taking place, even in Ningi town.
“We have reported the matter to his Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Mohammed. The Governor sat with us on three events regarding the challenge of safety in our space. Gladly, the governor took pressing motion to deal with the scenario by sending fighter jets that ransacked the bush and cleared the criminals from Lame Burra recreation reserve.
“The governor deployed safety personnel to guard the folks and recruited hunters and vigilantes as a part of an effort to guard the lives and properties of our residents which decreased the actions of banditry in our space.”
Tabla additional stated that the communities dwell in palpable worry as a result of actions of the bandits kidnapping their folks and are steadily taking away their farms, including that the transfer is to make the residents of the communities in abject poverty as they hold paying ransom to them and dropping their farms.