- Bandits are reportedly demanding food to release their captives according to some residents in Sokoto state
- This comes as some state governors ordered the closure of many markets across the North West region
- Meanwhile, a security analyst claimed that the situation has shown that the current military onslaught on bandits is yielding result
Things are not fine in the camps of bandits terrorising Nigeria. This follows the closure of many markets across the northwest.
The move seems to taking a heavy toll on bandits as they are reportedly demanding food to release their captives, The Cable reports.
According to a resident of Sabo Birni, who pleaded anonymity, a child of one of his neighbours regained freedom after giving out food items, Daily trust added.
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“They abducted a daughter of one man in our village and when he could not raise the money, they asked him to bring 10 measures of rice to collect the girl and they kept their promises.”
Another resident of Sokoto reveals how bandits requested for food items and drinks to release an abducted driver.
“They initially demanded for N15 million before later agreed to accept N600,000. They asked his employer who is my friend to use the money to buy bags of rice, crates of energy drinks (Fearless), cartons of spaghetti, cigarettes and bring the remaining change to them. The man is still trying to raise the money."
Meanwhile, a security analyst, Aminu Bala Sokoto (rtd), said the situation has shown that the current military onslaught on bandits in Zamfara is yielding result.
Prominent Islamic cleric Gumi lambastes Femi Adesina over bandits’ lover comment
In a statement on Friday, September 9, and seen by Legit.ng, Gumi said his mission has not failed, adding that it was sabotaged or discouraged by the same influential people that benefit from the chaos.
He said he was a commissioned military officer who knows what the military is for and also its capability. Gumi added that he is an Islamic scholar who knows the immorality of killing innocent lives, saying that silence for him in the ocean of oblivion is not an option.
Gunmen in Zamfara are terrorists not bandits, says Akeredolu
Akeredolu said this on Tuesday, September 7 while receiving members of the governing board of the Federal University of Technology, Akure. This was contained in a press statement seen by Legit.ng and released by the governor's spokesman, Richard Olatunde.