Bandits are suffering as a result of the closure of many marketplaces across the Northern region.
According to reports, it was gathered that four governors have closed markets in their states as part of an effort to stop Bandits criminal activities.
It was gathered from a reputable news source that bandits now demanded food to release their captives a few days after marketplaces in some rural parts of Sokoto were closed.
A Sabo Birni local who requested anonymity informed news reporters how the child of one of his neighbors was able to regain his freedom after giving out foods items to bandits.
His statement reads, ” They kidnapped a father’ s daughter in our village, and when he couldn’ t make up with the money, they requested him to bring buckets of rice to free his daughter, and they kept their promise, ” says the dad.
Another Sokoto resident informed news correspondents on how bandits demanded food and drinks in exchange for the release of an abducted driver.
” They demanded N15 million at first, but eventually agreed to accept N600, 000. ”
” They told his boss, who is a friend of mine, to spend the money on bags of rice, crates of energy drinks, cartons of spaghetti, and cigarettes, and then bring the change back to them. The man is still trying to raise the money, ” He said.
Meanwhile, Aminu Bala Sokoto, a security analyst, said the scenario has proved that the present military onslaught against bandits in Zamfara is working.
He said ” They are crippled by the Military operation since it not only targets them but also their storage facilities. They are currently in a state of disruption and struggling to stay alive.
” Their situation is worse by the fact that the GSM network in Zamfara and Katsina has been shut down, preventing them from communicating with the relatives of their captives.