Bandits have been hit hard by the closure of many markets across the North West. Four governors closed markets in their states to combat banditry.
In some rural areas of Sokoto, a few days after markets closed, bandits demanded food in exchange for the release of their captives.
The resident of Sabo Birni, who pleaded anonymity, described how the child of one of his neighbours regained freedom after receiving food.
When one of the men in our village could not raise the money, they asked him to bring 10 measures of rice to collect the girl, and they kept their promise,” the man said.
Another resident of Sokoto explained to Daily Trust how bandits demanded food items and drinks in exchange for releasing an abducted driver.
Initially, they requested N15 million before agreeing to accept N600,000.
“They asked his employer, a friend of mine, to buy bags of rice, crates of energy drinks (Fearless), cartons of spaghetti, cigarettes and bring the remaining change back to them.”. He is still trying to raise the money,” he said
Security analyst Aminu Bala Sokoto (rtd) says the current military operation in Zamfara is yielding results.
“The operation cripples them because it is not only targeting them, but also their storage facilities. Now they are in a state of disarray, looking for a way to live.
As a result, they are unable to contact the relatives of their captives as the GSM network in Zamfara and Katsina is shut down.
According to him, he hopes the shutdown will extend to other states in the region