We Bought More Weapons with N60 Million Ransom Paid to Us – Zamfara Bandit

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Zamfara bandit warlord has revealed that the N60 million ransom paid to them for the release of about 279 abducted schoolgirls of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS) in Jangebe town, Zamfara State, were used to acquire more rifles.

The revelation was a part of a BBC Africa Eye documentary titled “The Bandit Warlords of Zamfara” which will be aired on July 25

This serves as evidence to claims that the government has been bankrolling bandits’ operations through ransom payment.

The bandit in the documentary was asked what they used the ransom for; he boldly responded: “We bought more rifles”

Recall, on February 26, 2021, gunmen invaded GGSS Jangebe in Zamfara and abducted close to 279 schoolgirls from the boarding facility, and later released them on March 2, 2021.

After the release of the girls, Bello Matawalle, Governor of Zamfara State denied any payment of ransom, saying that the girls’ release was  successfully secured by 30 repentant bandits.

However, the warlord’s revelation has punctured the governor's earlier statement, causing citizens to doubt the sincerity in the so-called fight against insecurity and the Federal Government’s controversial policy on pardoning and rehabilitating  terrorists.

Also revealed in the documentary was how Ado Aleru, one of the most notorious and wanted bandit warlords, was recently conferred with the chieftaincy title of Sarkin Fulani (chief of the fulanis) by Aliyu Marafa, Emir of Birnin Yandoto of Tsafe LGA of Zamfara state with Nigeria Police operatives providing security for him.

Although, Mr Matawalle has since suspended Marafa and restricted traditional rulers from conferring chieftaincy titles on anyone without first seeking and getting approval from the State government, many citizens believe that the federal and affected state governments are too lenient in their approach towards the criminal elements.

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