From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Tired of payment for ransom to bandits, the people of Nahuce district in Bungudu local government area of Zamfara State have cried for both the State and Federal Governments intervention before the bandits and kidnappers sack the entire community.
Speaking to Journalists shortly after mass peaceful demonstration in Gusau the state capital, Sunday, the Spokesperson of the community and a former Chairman of Bungudu local government, Hon. Musa Abdullahi a.k.a Manager, said all well to do community members have fled for safety.
Hon. Abdullahi, said they were in Gusau to lodge their complain to Governor Matawalle on the unwanted development his people from Nahuce district found themselves in as bandits embarked on incesstant attacks, kidnapping and collection of money for ransom.
Abdullahi further said that they have paid over N200 million to bandits as ransom within just three years, but yet the attacks on the community and kidnapping as well have not come to an end, “We have recently paid the sum of N5 million ransom as requested by bandits with a view to secure the release of our people, but were still under captivity.
“They continued holding them hostages still directing us to purchase three new brand motorcycles (Bokoharam type) in addition to the money we paid before they will allow them to reunite with their families, or else they will silence them, therefore, we are calling on the Governor to do the needful.
“That was exactly what happened when they abducted a rich man from the same community some months ago, they had killed him after collecting the sum of N35 million, only that we collected the body and buried him, we are thrown into apprehensive as multitude number of people have fled.
“Nahuce town was blessed with the population of over 300,000, the most populated place after Talata Mafara, Gusau, Tsafe, Kaura Namoda and Gummi in the state, and our fear was that, people will continue fleeing should the concern authorities will abandon us to our fate”, Abdullahi has alerted.