Zamfara deputy governor: Bandit kingpin Turji has changed his ways and is now killing terrorists.


According to Bello Turji, the notorious bandit boss in the state, peace overtures by the government have been accepted, according to Hassan Nasiha, the deputy governor of Zamfara state.

On Sunday, August 21, Nasiha said, "Turji's repentance has brought about peace in Birnin Magaji, Shinkafi, and Zurmi LGAs in Zamfara. The former bandit kingpin is now killing his unrepentant colleagues," during a conference on security sponsored by the Students Union of Medina University in Saudi Arabia.

He also disclosed that Turji had encounters with bandits in the state's 14 LGAs. According to Nasiha, the bandit peace programme has prevented any attacks in the Magami district during the past three months. Bello Turji, the notorious bandits' leader, is well known and has operated on that axis. 

"Turji is now killing unrepentant bandits who unleashed terror on innocent citizens in Shinkafi, Zurmi, and Birnin Magaji local government areas. "The state government through the peace committee entered into a peace deal with the bandits' leader, and he agreed to stop the criminality and to embrace peace.

The state government has ordered the return of cattle grazing routes, lands, water for livestock, and other property seized by Hausas to the herders, according to the deputy governor, who also mentioned that a peace committee formed by the state government met with nine bandit groups in their camps at Magami and Dansadau emirates where they voiced their concerns.

He further revealed that the Fulanis asked to the state government to consider releasing their youths who are currently being held in captivity in jails and police cells, reiterating that the order must be followed by all sides to enable the restoration of peace and order in the communities.

"They claimed that Hausas always attacked and raped their women, killed the Fulani as they travelled to or came back from marketplaces," Nasiha continued.

They asked for farm inputs like fertiliser and schools for their children as well as other social amenities.

They claimed that a 12-year-old Fulani boy's lack of education led him to shoot and murder a 70-year-old man with an AK-47.


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