Following several steps adopted by state governments to combat insecurity in respective jurisdictions, bandits are now reportedly demanding prepared food as ransom.
Babangida Yaro, a youth leader in one of the communities in Kaduna state’s Birnin Gwari local government area, told Daily Trust that since the weekly markets were banned as part of security measures, bandits abducting individuals in Damari, Kutemashi, and Kuyello villages only requested for cooked food.
Revealing that the ban on sale of fuel in filling stations located in rural communities had also helped to restrict movement, the youth leader further disclosed that when the bandits abduct two or three persons in farms, one is allowed to go and get them food from their relatives as ransom since there is no communication network to make contact.
“There is relative peace around Damari, kuyello, Kutemashi because the bandits have stopped attacking our communities. They usually stay in the forest and seiz food items mostly cooked ones from vendors.”
Yaro also told the publication that Dogon Dawa area is still not completely safe because villagers are still scared of accessing their farmlands. He lamented that the ban on use of private motorcycles in villages has increased hardship on residents.