A notorious bandit terrorizing the Northwestern part of Nigerian, Kachalla Turji, has gone wild on several villages in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, over his father’s arrest by security agents.

The latest details show that the gang had abducted up to 150 villagers and travelers over the situation. In neighbouring Kaduna State, the Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA) alleged that 42 of its people were killed and seven wounded by suspected herders in the latest attacks in several communities in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area. Three hundred and thirty-eight (338) houses were also allegedly set ablaze.

Turji had at a time met with renowned Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, in February. He is demanding his father’s immediate release to enable him to celebrate the Eid-el Kabir with his family.

According to available sources close to him, he has vowed to abduct as many people as possible and keep them away from observing Eid with their families if his own father was not released, as he wondered why the old man was arrested in the first instance.

The gang succeeded in abducting travelers after laying siege to such villages as Kurya, Keta, Kware, Badarawa, Marisuwa and Maberaya. Several travelers were also abducted on the Gusau-Sokoto Road.

The development has made residents of neighbouring villages be living in fear of what may befall them from the bandits.

During the February meeting with Gumi in Makkai forest, Turji had said neither he nor his men were afraid of death. While noting that this was how Boko Haram started, he accused government of underrating and reneging on the promises made to him and other bandits.

Turji further stated that his gang had in its possession loads of arms it could use to paralyze the state.

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