Bandits Can No Longer Feed Kidnap Victims, They Release Them Freely Without Taking Ransom – Shinkafi
Dr. Abdullahi Shinkafi, Deputy Chairman of the Zamfara State Committee on Finding a Long-Term Solution to Armed Banditry, has stated that bandits are now finding it hard to get food for their kidnap victims.
This has since resulted in the release of these kidnap victims to go scot-free without taking any ransom.
Shinkafi praised the state government’s efforts to combat banditry during a weekend speech in Gusau. He also stated that the continued security measures in Zamfara had aided in the reduction of bandit activity in the North-West state.
“There were some people who were kidnapped, 11 of them. They released one and told them to bring N200,000 each. Before they started negotiating, (they demanded) N20 million per person.
“When the relatives of the victims refused to send the money, they left with no option than to release them. They said they don’t have food to feed them that some have started dying in captivity.
“So it is yielding a lot of results and biting them very hard. The sustainability of these security measures will help in downgrading the activities of bandits in Zamfara State.”
Following the state’s telecommunications outage, bandits issued letters to the people of Shinkafi and the Acting Emir of Zurmi, demanding money for kidnapped victims, according to the Deputy Chairman of the Zamfara State Committee on Finding a Long-Term Solution to Armed Banditry.
According to Shinkafi, the state task team tracked down the motorcycle company’s address in Kano State and arrested several persons.