Turji, Zamfara notorious bandit, ‘relocates’ amid intense air strikes | Dailytrust

Turji, Zamfara notorious bandit, ‘relocates’ amid intense air strikes

Bello Turji, a notorious bandit operating in the North West, has reportedly relocated from Zamfara owing to intense military operation....

Kachalla Turji (with mic) is one of the most notorious bandits
Kachalla Turji (with mic) is one of the most notorious bandits

Bello Turji, a notorious bandit operating in the North West, has reportedly relocated from Zamfara owing to intense military operation.

Daily Trust had reported how the Air Force destroyed camps of bandits in multiple raids across the region.

Sources told Daily Trust the terror kingpin and his men who were displaced by fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force from their enclaves in Fakai forest in Shinkafi Local Government Area are now moving southwards of Zamfara.

The sources said the armed gangs have been spotted setting tents in Gando forest in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of the state.

Gando is a community located near a forest and is 35km south of Bukkuyum town, the headquarters of the LGA.

The community and many other villages in the district are being literally governed by the bandits.

Residents reported that some of the foot soldiers had erected thatched huts in an area inside the forest. They said the criminals were moving on motorbikes with some of them walking with herds of cattle.

“A bandits’ leader known as Shehu Bayade is the spearhead of deadly raids, kidnappings and cattle rustling in communities in Anka, Bukkuyum and Gummi Local Government Areas of the state,” a source said.

“We believe Turji and his boys were invited by Shehu Bayade to that forest. This is because in their own thinking, making the vast forest their abode would make their detection by NAF aircraft harder unlike where they had left.

“We are in serious trouble as a people. We are pleading with military and other security forces to extend their aggressive operations to this part of the state otherwise a safe haven for all sorts of dangerous people would be permanently created,” he said.

The spokesman of the state police command SP Muhammad Shehu could not be reached for comments at the time of filing this report.

Turji, the arrowhead of killings and kidnappings for ransom around Shinkafi, Sabon Birni and Isa local government areas in Zamfara and Sokoto states, had released over 50 captives, including pregnant women last week.

The release was seen as a peace move by Turji and his men but migrating bandits later killed over 60 villagers some days after the captives were released.

Dear Reader,
Every day, we work hard to provide readers such as you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information. Quality journalism costs money. Today, we're asking that you support us to do more. Your support means that Daily Trust can keep offering journalism to everyone in the world. sign up for as little as N1,000 to become a member. Learn more about our membership here

Bank transfers can be made to:
Zenith Bank
1017257739
Media Trust Ltd


Please send details of your bank transfer to the email or Whatsapp number below so that we can contact you.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Inquiries:
Email: membership@dailytrust.com
Whatsapp: +234 806 990 3410