Following the closure of markets across four states of North West Nigeria, bandits are now demanding foodstuffs as ransom in rural Sokoto.
A resident of Sabo Birni, who spoke to with newsmen on the plea of anonymity revealed that the child of one of his neighbours regained freedom after giving out food items.
“They abducted a daughter of one man in our village and when he could not raise the money, they asked him to bring 10 measures of rice to collect the girl and they kept their promises,” the source stated.
Another resident of Sokoto revealed also how bandits requested for food items and drinks to release a kidnapped driver.
“They initially demanded for N15 million before later agreed to accept N600,000.
“They asked his employer who is my friend to use the money to buy bags of rice, crates of energy drinks (Fearless), cartons of spaghetti, cigarettes and bring the remaining change to them. The man is still trying to raise the money,” he said
Aminu Bala, a security analyst has said that the situation has shown that the current military onslaught on bandits in Zamfara is yielding result.
“The operation is crippling them because it is not only targeting them, it is also targeting their storage facilities. They are now in a state of disarray, looking for survival”, he said.