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Hunger: Bandits Now Demand Food As Ransom After Governors Shut Markets

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Due to the shutting down of markets in three states affected by banditry, bandits in Sokoto are now reportedly demanding food for the release of their captives.

Three Northern states governments have  ordered the closure of markets in their states as parts of measures to tackle activities of bandits that have been terorris ing Nigerians.

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Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara are the states that have taken this measure.

According to Daily Trust, closure of markets has now led bandits in Sokoto state to demand food for the release of their victims.

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The newspaper quoted a resident of Sabo Birni as saying:  “They abducted a daughter of one man in our village and when he could not raise the money, they asked him to bring 10 measures of rice to collect the girl and they kept their promises,” the resident said.

Another resident of the state said: “They initially demanded N15 million before later agreeing to accept N600,000,” he reportedly said.

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“They asked his employer, who is my friend, to use the money to buy bags of rice, crates of energy drinks, cartons of spaghetti, cigarettes and bring the remaining change to them.

“The man is still trying to raise the money.”

 

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