Turji and his loyalists are on the rampage, abducting villagers and travellers in Shinkafi Local Government Area in reaction to the recent arrest of the bandits’ father.
About 150 people have been taken hostage since the attacks began on Friday.
Turji’s father was picked up by security agents in Kano about two weeks ago, and his whereabouts remain unknown.
Among the villages sacked on Friday are Kurya, Keta, Kware, Badarawa, Marisuwa, and Maberaya.
As well as sacking the villages, the bandits reportedly abducted many travellers along the Gusau-Sokoto Road.
According to reports, the bandits’ leader declared that if his father were prevented from celebrating the upcoming sallah at home, then he would ensure that many others did not celebrate the festival with their families as well.
“He was called during a meeting between the communities and security agents and questioned the basis of his father’s arrest, saying he is the terrorist, had his location known, and felt there was no reason for his abduction,” a source who attended the meeting told reporters.
Another source told our reporter that Turji had sent a warning to “friendly villages” asking them to vacate.
Also on Friday night, his men went into Shinkafi town and abducted five women.
Mohammed Sani, a resident of the town, told Daily Trust that a rocket-propelled grenade fired into the town destroyed parts of the emir’s palace.
In response to calls for comment, Zamfara police spokesperson Mohammad Shehu did not respond.