By Muhammad Sabiu
Reports coming from Kaduna State in north-western Nigeria have indicated that, due to hunger, bandits now collect cooked food as a ransom for kidnapped victims instead of money.
“It has been reported that bandits operating in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State are demanding cooked food as a ransom for kidnapped victims,” Punch Newspapers tweeted.
This is coming after an order banning some commercial activities in the state was imposed in order to curb the activities of the bandits.
A youth leader from Birnin Gwari communities confirmed to Daily Trust that they had seen changes since after the imposition of the state government’s order.
He said, “There is relative peace around Damari, Kuyello, and Kutemashi because the bandits have stopped attacking our communities. They usually stay in the forest and seize food items mostly cooked ones from vendors.”
The violent activities of bandits in Kaduna State had been so rampant despite authorities’ repeated vow to curb the menace.
May Allah continue to protect us.