Gunmen beneath the management of Turji, a infamous bandits’ chief in Zamfara, are on rampage, abducting villagers and travellers within the Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.
The assaults, which began on Friday, are in response to the arrest of Turji’s father, Daily Trust reviews.
About 150 individuals have been taken hostage by the group within the final 24 hours.
Sources mentioned safety brokers picked up Turji’s father in Kano about two weeks in the past and his whereabouts have remained unknown.
Kurya, Keta, Kware, Badarawa, Marisuwa, Maberaya are among the many villages that had been sacked on Friday.
Aside from sacking the villages, the bandits additionally reportedly kidnapped many travellers alongside Gusau-Sokoto Road.
It was gathered that the bandits’ chief vowed that if his father can be stopped from performing the upcoming Sallah at house, he would additionally be certain that many different individuals spend the interval with out their households.
“He was called on the phone during a meeting between the communities and security agents and he faulted the basis of his father’s arrest, saying he is the one that is the terrorist, with his location known, and saw no reason his father will be arrested,” the newspaper quoted a supply as saying.
The newest assault on villages is coming months after Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi met with the Turji.
SaharaReporters had February reported how the Islamic cleric met with the bandits’ chief in Makkai forest.
Turji had throughout the assembly lamented that Fulani had been being singled out, impoverished and overwhelmed on the highway by indigenes of Zamfara.
He added that with out reconciliation, there was no approach the issue would finish, including that solely God is aware of what number of weapons they’d and what they may do in the event that they wished to destabilise the state.
The high commander of the bandits added that they weren’t afraid to die and that even when he died, a whole lot of individuals had been obtainable to take over management from him.
Security sources advised SaharaReporters that Turji was educated by Buharin Daji, a infamous bandit that was killed by safety operatives about three years in the past.
Turji took cost of the Shinkafi armed wing of the group after the demise of Daji.
Zamfara, like different North-West states, has within the final 10 years confronted devastating assaults from armed bandits.
A committee set as much as examine the menace of armed banditry within the area, headed by Mohammed Abubakar, a former Inspector General of Police, reported that in Zamfara State between June 2011 and May 2019, 4,983 girls had been widowed; 25,050 kids had been orphaned; and greater than 190,000 individuals had been displaced because of banditry.