Zamfara bandits’ leader, Turji, releases villagers, reunites with father

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GUSAU – A leader in , Turji, has released and travellers abducted by his men over the weekend, in a rampage to draw attention to his father’s arrest by security forces.

The mass abduction by Turji which occurred some two weeks after the arrest his father in Kazaure, Jigawa State was on Saturday.

The father was said to have relocated to Jigawa State after he failed to dissuade his son from his criminal ways.

He was arrested following a tip-off by an informant from a rival gang told security forces the father was trading in cattle stolen by the son’s gang.

In attacks on such as Kware, Kurya, Badarawa, Keta and Maberaya, abducted many residents and rustled a number cattle.

Informed sources told Daily Trust Turji also received his father from mediators on Sunday afternoon.

A source said Turji agreed to the abductees as part of a wider mediation process initiated by the federal government as an alternative resolution strategy to tackle rural .

“He released the villagers unconditionally because of the pleas by mediators are bringing key to the table the government,” a security source is part of the new process, said.

In an audio clip on Sunday, Turji was heard promising to all the people and animals taken by his men once his father was brought back to him.

“Let them give you my father. Once you brought him to Bayan Ruwa, I assure you every of the abductees and all the animals in my be released,” he told the caller is a prominent community leader in Shinkafi. (Daily Trust)