The rate at which markets are being closed down across the North West is becoming alarming as bandits are reportedly demanding food as a ransom to release their captives.
A resident of Sabo Birni told one of the reporters how one of his neighbors was released after he gave out food items, though he pleaded anonymity.
In his words:
” 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 also discloses how bandits will request food items and drinks in exchange for their captives. In his words:
” They initially demanded N15 million before they later agreed to accept N600, 000. ”
” They asked an 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. ”
Aminu Bala Sokoto (rtd) who happened to be a security analyst disclosed that this situation is proof that the current military onslaught on bandits in Zamfara is bringing results.
In his words:
” The operation is crippling them because it is not only targeting them, it is also targeting their storage facilities. They are no in- state if disarray, looking for survival. ”
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State- based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has come hard on the Special adviser, media, and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Fem Adesina, for tagging him a ‘ bandits lover’ .
On Friday, September 9th, Sheikh noted that his mission has not yet failed, revealing that the initial plan was discouraged by some prominent people of the country who also benefit from the chaos.
He stated that he’ s a commissioned military who knows the dos and don’ ts of the military.
He also noted that he is an Islamic scholar the evil in taking away the lives of innocent people, stating that silence in an ocean of oblivion is not an option for him.
The governor of Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has tagged the gunmen in Ondo state as terrorists, not bandits.
Rotimi made this statement while receiving members of the governing board of the Federal University of Akure. It was contained in a press statement released by the governor’ s spokesperson, Richard Olatunde.