“We’re paying ransom in hundreds of millions to bandits”, Zazzau, Birnin-Gwari emirs lament

The Emirs of Zazzau and Birnin-Gwari, Ahmed Nuhu-Bamalli and Zubairu Maigwari II, yesterday, lamented that their subjects have been paying hundreds of millions of Naira as ransom to rescue their loved ones from kidnappers in the State.

The emirs made the lamentation yesterday during the presentation of the state’s 2020 Annual Security Report to Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i, held at the Government House, Kaduna.

Speaking, the Emir of Birnin-Gwari lamented the effrontery with which the rampaging bandits operate in his domain. He said: “It is terrible when you see 200 to 300 bandits with weapons surrounding a village and killing people and collecting their money. Our people paid hundreds of millions of naira as ransom”.

On his part, the Emir of Zazzau, while commending the security agencies, said a lot needed to be done to secure the State from bandits. Also, the traditional ruler of Zangon-Kataf, Agwatyap, Chief Dominic Yahaya, said despite occasional banditry and kidnappings in his domain, the peace committee he set up was not discouraged to ensure peace in the area.

Earlier, Gov. El-Rufa’i restated his resolve not to negotiate with bandits, nor support any granting of amnesty to the criminals terrorising his State.

The governor stressed that bandits, cattle-rustlers and armed militias must be degraded and decimated “to a state of unconditional submission to constituted authority”. According to him, these criminals must be wiped out immediately and without hesitation.

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