Bandits abduct 5, impose recent levy on Sokoto communities


Barely a month after gathering N11 million as ransom for the unlock of 20 folks they kidnapped in Gatawa, bandits on Wednesday returned to the city and abducted 5 folks.

They are now tense N500,000 as ransom for the unlock of the victims, a few sources within the city rep said.

Gatawa, in Sabon Birni Native Govt Situation of Sokoto Assert, become once except no longer too lengthy within the past one amongst the communities within the impart spared by the bandits.

Nonetheless the city has now come into the purpose of pastime of attacks by the outlaws.

In Wednesday’s assault, a resident who requested no longer to be named over safety concerns, instructed PREMIUM TIMES that the bandits did not break somebody nevertheless had been ”most efficient mad about raising funds”.

“They came within the early morning round 8 a.m. when most folks had been appropriate coming out of their homes. They shot severally into the air ahead of they began taking folks hostage. After they gathered a good deal of folks, they made up our minds to let the final ladies folks lunge nevertheless went away with 5 men. After they left, they despatched a message that lets restful earn N500,000 as ransom,” the source said.

He said Gatawa is amongst the communities requested by the bandits closing month to make a contribution N20 million as ransom for these kidnapped from the communities. He said Gatawa city contributed N11 million on the time.

A college lecturer and journalist, Mansur Isa, confirmed the bid to this newspaper.

“The bandits rep directed the parents of Gatawa between on the present time (Thursday) and Monday to raise the ransom. Every family has been taxed N2,500 nevertheless the money would possibly perhaps no longer be sufficient so that they’re now reaching out to folks from the city who live in other locations so that they’ll realise the money on time,” Mr Isa said.

Residents said the bandits furthermore directed but any other neighborhood within the station, Tarah, to pay N7 million as its be pleased levy.

Usman Tarah, a resident of the city, said the bandits despatched a message on Tuesday and folks began gathering the money.

“Bandits that we deem to be genuine to Bello Turji rep requested us for seven million naira. The neglect of the worsening insecurity in some parts of Sokoto by governments is never any longer most efficient giving the bandits unhindered different to break and salvage, nevertheless guaranteeing easy recruits into banditry. What we’re witnessing now is most efficient the tip of an iceberg of a devastating sequel,” Mr Tarah said.

Mohammed Shehu, but any other indigene of Tarah, said they had been shocked after they bought the message from the bandits directing them to amass the ransom, because none of their folks become once kidnapped.

“We don’t know why we had been requested to pay seven million naira by the bandits and additionally they too did not tell something as to why we’re being taxed. Nonetheless you understand we are able to’t quiz questions,” he said.

The police spokesperson in Sokoto, Sanusi Abubakar, did not salvage calls to his phone or reply to SMS in quest of his comment for this list.

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