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We Bought More Weapons With N60m Ransom, Zamfara Bandit Boasts

According to a bandit warlord, the N60 million ransom paid for the rescue of nearly 300 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) in Jangebe, Zamfara State, was used to purchase more weapons.

The information was revealed in the BBC Africa Eye documentary “The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara,” which will premiere on July 25. It supports the idea that the government has been funding bandits’ operations by paying ransom.

“We bought more rifles,” confidently replied the bandit warlord when asked what the ransom was used for.

About 279 schoolgirls were taken from the GGSS boarding facility on February 26, 2021. They were subsequently freed by the bandits on March 2, 2021.

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Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara state, said that no ransom was paid and credited 30 repentant criminals with successfully negotiating the release of the girls.

However, the revelation about the warlord has raised further questions about Mr. Matawalle’s claim, leading people to doubt the sincerity of the so-called campaign against insecurity and the controversial pardon and rehabilitate terrorists policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The video also described how Aliyu Marafa, the emir of Birnin Yandoto of Tsafe LGA in Zamfara State, recently bestowed the chieftaincy title of Sarkin Fulani (chief of the fulanis) on Ado Aleru, one of the most vicious and sought bandit warlords.

Many individuals believe that the federal and affected state governments are too lenient in their treatment of the criminal elements, despite Mr. Matawalle’s suspension of Mr. Marafa and his order for traditional rulers to obtain state government approval before bestowing chieftaincy titles.

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According to a bandit warlord, the N60 million ransom paid for the rescue of nearly 300 schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) in Jangebe, Zamfara State, was used to purchase more weapons.

The information was revealed in the BBC Africa Eye documentary “The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara,” which will premiere on July 25. It supports the idea that the government has been funding bandits’ operations by paying ransom.

“We bought more rifles,” confidently replied the bandit warlord when asked what the ransom was used for.

About 279 schoolgirls were taken from the GGSS boarding facility on February 26, 2021. They were subsequently freed by the bandits on March 2, 2021.

READ MORE: Nigerian Airlines Warn Passengers Of Flights Disruptions

Bello Matawalle, the governor of Zamfara state, said that no ransom was paid and credited 30 repentant criminals with successfully negotiating the release of the girls.

However, the revelation about the warlord has raised further questions about Mr. Matawalle’s claim, leading people to doubt the sincerity of the so-called campaign against insecurity and the controversial pardon and rehabilitate terrorists policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The video also described how Aliyu Marafa, the emir of Birnin Yandoto of Tsafe LGA in Zamfara State, recently bestowed the chieftaincy title of Sarkin Fulani (chief of the fulanis) on Ado Aleru, one of the most vicious and sought bandit warlords.

Many individuals believe that the federal and affected state governments are too lenient in their treatment of the criminal elements, despite Mr. Matawalle’s suspension of Mr. Marafa and his order for traditional rulers to obtain state government approval before bestowing chieftaincy titles.

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