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NEWS UPDATE: Bauchi: We paid N72m ransom to bandits in one year – Burra communities allege

NEWS UPDATE: Bauchi: We paid N72m ransom to bandits in one year – Burra communities allege

Burra community in Ningi Local Regime Area of Bauchi Province has alleged that over N72 million was paid as ransom to bandits to secure release of many of their kidnapped kinsmen.

This was revealed by the Chairman, Ningi LGA, Mamuda Hassan Tabla, piece speaking with journalists in Bauchi, adding that there was an influx of strangers from Zamfara Province in the area whose presence has resulted in increasing kidnap of the people.

The council boss alleged that one time anyone gets kidnapped in the affected communities, they used to take ransom to Zamfara Province.

He said that members of the communities were afraid of the activities of bandits, who he alleged had taken over people’s farms, a evolution that had pose them in abject poverty as they paid ransom and they still lost their farms.

“We received complaints from farmers’ associations from Burra communities in relation to the influx of strangers from Zamfara Province, numbering in relation to 5,000 households.

“They settled in the bush; they are cutting trees and they are farming in the area. They fifty-fifty built Jumma’at Mosque (there).

“After they settled there, the communities witnessed a series of abductions of their people and whether a individual was abducted, they would inquire him to take ransom to Zamfara. Within the in conclusion one yr, the communities said they paid over N72 million as ransom,” Tabla alleged.

He informed that though the job started in the area as far dorsum as 2021, the chairman informed that his administration investigated it and reported it to the province governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed.

According to him, the governor had since taken activeness in collaboration with security agencies, informing that fighter jets were deployed in the Lame Burra Game Reserve to deal with criminals hibernating there.

Tabla said that “when we received the written report and investigated the matter, which the nowadays administration inherited because we understood that people from other states started settling in the bush since 2012, we discovered that a series of kidnappings is taking location fifty-fifty in Ningi town.

“I reported the matter and their complaints to His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi Province Senator Bala Mohammed, who sat with us 3 times on security issues in our area.

“He took urgent activeness to address the job, he sent fighter Jets that ransacked the bush and cleared criminals from Lame Burra game reserve.”

He informed that the deployment of security personnel on the directive of Governor Mohammed and recruitment of hunters and vigilantes to protect the people, banditry had reduced in the area.

“The governor deployed security personnel to protect the people and we recruited hunters and vigilantes as division of efforts to protect the lives and properties of our citizens which reduced the activities of bandits in our area,” the chairman said.

He commended Governor Mohammed for his immediate response on issues relating to the security and wellbeing of the society, “particularly the laudable developmental projects that have direct bearing on the lives of people existence executed by his regime”.

According to Tabla, such projects, including interpretation of housing units, mega school in Ningi and hospitals and provision of body of water, amongst others, were scattered across all the nooks and crannies of Ningi Local Regime Area.

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