Closure of markets: We need food — Bandits says as they demands rice, spaghetti as ransom

The closure of many markets across the North West is taking a heavy toll on bandits as they are reportedly demanding food to release their captives.

A resident of Sabo Birni, who pleaded anonymity told our reporter, how the child of one of his neighbours regained freedom after giving out food items.

“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,”

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“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,” he said

A security analyst, Aminu Bala Sokoto (rtd), said the situation has shown that the current military onslaught on bandits in Zamfara is yielding result.
“The operation is crippling them because it is not only targeting them, it is also targeting their storage facilities. They are now in a state of disarray, looking for survival.

Prominent Islamic cleric Gumi lambastes Femi Adesina over bandits’ lover comment For labeling him as ‘bandits lover’, a Kaduna state-based Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has lambasted Femi Adesina the special adviser, media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement on Friday, September 9, and seen by Newsmen, 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.