Nigerian Authorities Paid Us N60million Ransom To Free Zamfara Schoolgirls; We Spent It To Purchase Extra Weapons – Bandits’ Chief

One of many infamous bandits’ leaders who carried out the kidnapping of practically 300 schoolgirls

One of many infamous bandits’ leaders who carried out the kidnapping of practically 300 schoolgirls on the Authorities Women Secondary College in Jangebe city in Zamfara State in February 2021 have revealed that the Nigerian authorities coughed up N60million money earlier than they (the bandits) freed the women.
The bandits’ chief in an interview with BBC Africa Eye, when requested what they did with the cash, merely said that they used the cash to amass extra rifles and different lethal weapons for subsequent operations.

The interview is a part of the BBC documentary, launched on Friday, and titled, The Bandits’ Warlord of Zamfara.
Jangebe is within the Talata Mafara Native Authorities Space of Zamfara State.
On February 26, 2021, the bandits attacked the GGSS in Jangebe and kidnapped tons of of scholars.
They have been, nonetheless, launched a couple of days later.
SaharaReporters had reported how in 2019, the state authorities signed a peace settlement with the gunmen.
About 15 model new Hilux automobiles and money presents have been additionally given to leaders of various “repentant” gangs of bandits by the governor in 2020.
However regardless of all these, communities within the state are nonetheless being attacked and residents kidnapped and killed.
Within the documentary, the BBC Africa Eye has spent greater than two years monitoring down and talking to a few of the most infamous bandit warlords in Zamfara.
At big private threat, a younger Nigerian journalist and legislation pupil, Yusuf Anka, visited bandit leaders in distant encampments throughout the state—together with one of many males who, in February 2021, kidnapped practically 300 ladies from a highschool in Jangebe.
In a collection of stunning encounters with each victims and perpetrators, the movie lays naked the complete horror of the violence that has taken maintain throughout the north-west.
It makes clear that, regardless of the bravery of the safety forces, the Nigerian state is failing to supply primary safety to lots of its residents, reveals simply how profitable the kidnap-for-ransom enterprise has develop into, and warns the nation that this disaster now incorporates components of an ethnic battle between Hausa and Fulani. 
The movie’s most dramatic revelations concern the kidnapping of the practically 300 ladies who have been seized by bandits from a government-run highschool in Jangebe in February 2021.
The bandits behind the kidnapping have by no means been caught and have by no means beforehand spoken to the media, however the BBC workforce tracked down one of many males who led the assault on the college. He claims on digicam that the bandits have been paid a ransom of 60 million Naira from the Nigerian authorities for the discharge of the women. “What did you do with the cash?” asks Anka. The reply comes again instantly: “We purchased extra rifles.”
The movie additionally consists of the one media interview ever granted by Ado Aleru, a infamous Fulani gang chief who is needed by the Katsina police for main a bloodbath within the village of Kadisau in June 2020.
Aleru has been on the centre of latest controversy in Nigeria after he was “turbaned” and given the title ‘Chief of the Fulani’ by an Emir in Zamfara state.
Requested on digicam how many individuals he had kidnapped, Aleru advised the BBC: “My males try this; I simply go and kill them.”
Aleru stays imprecise about his political goals, past a normal bitterness in the direction of Hausa communities and a resentment of the Nigerian authorities.

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Supply: Sahara Reporters.