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Months After Meeting Sheikh Gumi, Bandits’ Leader Sacks Communities In Zamfara




Gunmen beneath the management of Turji, a infamous bandits’ chief in Zamfara, are on rampage, abducting villagers and travellers within the Shinkafi Native Authorities Space of the state.

The assaults, which began on Friday, are in response to the arrest of Turji’s father, Each day Belief stories.

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.

Except for sacking the villages, the bandits additionally reportedly kidnapped many travellers alongside Gusau-Sokoto Highway.

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 sure that many different folks spend the interval with out their households.

“He was known as on the telephone throughout a gathering between the communities and safety brokers and he faulted the idea of his father’s arrest, saying he’s the one that’s the terrorist, together with his location identified, and noticed no motive his father might be arrested,” the newspaper quoted a supply as saying.

The most recent 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 in the course of the assembly lamented that Fulani had been being singled out, impoverished and crushed on the street by indigenes of Zamfara.

He added that with out reconciliation, there was no means the issue would finish, including that solely God is aware of what number of weapons that they had and what they might do in the event that they needed to destabilise the state.

The highest commander of the bandits added that they weren’t afraid to die and that even when he died, tons of of individuals had been out there to take over management from him. 

Safety sources advised SaharaReporters that Turji was skilled 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 Basic of Police, reported that in Zamfara State between June 2011 and Might 2019, 4,983 ladies had been widowed; 25,050 kids had been orphaned; and greater than 190,000 folks had been displaced on account of banditry.

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