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Banditry: Zamfara community spends N100m on ransom, vigilantes’ fees

Residents of Nahuche community in Bungudu Local Government Area in Zamfara state have protested the persistence of bandits attack despite spending about N100 million as ransom and taking care of vigilantes in the area.

The protesters stormed the Government House, in Gusau on Sunday demanding the governor’s intervention.

Led by former chairman of Bungudu LGA, Musa Abdullahi Manager, the community lamented the bandits despite collecting ransom for some people abducted, they refused to release them.

“In the past three years, the community has suffered about 12 attacks with many people killed or kidnapped. About N100 million was paid as ransom and for taking care of vigilantes. But the assaults on the community continue unabated.

 “The criminals invaded the community and abducted some people and N5 million was paid as ransom. But they refused to release the captives. Instead, they demanded two new brand motorbikes again.

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 “As the negotiations were going on, the armed men returned and kidnapped eight more residents and they are yet to demand for ransom.

“We have about 13 people with the bandits and we implore authorities to rescue them”.

According to Manager, a businessman, Alhaji Hadi Babban Gebe, was kidnapped and a ransom of N35 million was demanded. The victim was killed even after the ransom was paid.

“Many people are deserting the community because of the unending attacks despite the residents’ huge investment in security as many vigilantes were recruited. We are demanding for permanent deployment of security forces to the community.

 “We have acknowledged the efforts of both the state and federal government in tackling security challenges, but the case of Nahuche community calls for serious attention, otherwise, the whole community will be deserted in near future”.

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