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

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

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

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 who told security forces that father was trading in cattle stolen by the son’s gang.

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

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

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

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

In an audio clip on Sunday, Turji was heard promising to release all 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 abductees and all the animals in my custody will be released,” he told the caller who is a prominent community leader in Shinkafi. (Daily Trust)