Bandits in Kaduna State’s Birnin Gwari Local Government Area are said to have begun demanding cooked food as ransom for kidnapped victims.
This follows the state government’s decision to prohibit weekly market trading as part of its efforts to combat insecurity in the state.
Since the restriction, the government claims that attacks on communities have decreased.
Babangida Yaro, a youth leader in one of Birnin Gwari’s villages, told Daily Trust that since the ban, bandits abducting individuals in and around Damari, Kutemashi, and Kuyello villages have only asked for prepared food.
He added that the ban on the sale of fuel in filling stations located in rural communities has also helped to restrict the movement of bandits.
“There is relative peace around Damari, Kuyello, and Kutemashi because the bandits have stopped attacking our communities. They usually stay in the forest and seize food items mostly cooked ones from vendors,” he said.
It was discovered that when they kidnapped some people on a farm, one of them was allowed to go buy food from relatives as ransom because there was no way for them to contact their families.
The Dogon Dawa area is still not totally safe, according to the youth leader, because residents are still afraid of accessing their farmlands.
He bemoaned the fact that the restriction on private motorcycles in the villages has made life more difficult for both bandits and people.