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General News of Tuesday, 26 July 2022


'Everyone, even government, benefits from insecurity' - Bandit kingpin

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A self-confessed bandit kingpin, Abu Sanni, has said that insecurity in the country continues to deteriorate and everyone is benefitting from it including the government. Adding that, it has become a lucrative business for some.

"Because it has become a business. Everyone wants money. That is why things are deteriorating, from the top to the bottom.

"They say when there is insecurity, the government gets money. Everyone is benefitting. We also get money. Though for our money, blood is spilled so it continues," Sanni said.

In an interview with BBC Africa Eye in a forest in Zamfara, Sanni claims he helped mastermind the abduction of students of Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe.

The documentary titled 'The Bandit warlords of Zamfara', was aired on Monday, July 25.

Investigative journalist, Yusuf Anka, embarked on a trip to the remote bandit enclaves in the state.

According to Sanni, the schoolgirls kidnapped on February 27, 2021, were taken by his gang as revenge against the government for sending the military after them.

He stated that the gang demanded N300 million from the government to secure the release of the schoolgirls but only N60 million was paid.

"When the rainy season ended, they sent the military after us. We decided to show the government they should not interfere in our problems. We went to Jangebe and took the students. We wanted to get the government angry.

"We demanded N300 million but after negotiations, N60 million was paid for their release," he said.


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