Bandits on Sunday rampaged in the Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State following the arrest of the father of their leader by the security agents.
A resident of the area, Malam Ahmed Shinkafi, told the Punch that the security agents in Jigawa State arrested the father of a bandits’ leader called Turji.
Shinkafi said, “Turji gave an ultimatum to the security agents to release his arrested father before Eid-el-Kabir or he would terrorise the whole area.”
According to him, the bandits have since started unleashing mayhem on the people of the area since the bandit father’s arrest.
He said they have already kidnapped many people, noting that more than 23 villages were deserted by their inhabitants due to fear of the bandits’ attack.
Shinkafi said more than 6,000 people have fled to Shinkafi town for safety.
The spokesperson of the police command, Mohammed Shehu, said the father of the bandits’ leader was not arrested in Zamfara State.
He however stressed that the police command has since drafted security personnel to restore peace in the area.