Bello Turji, the ruthless bandit leader in Zamfara State, has unconditionally released all his captives on Monday, FIJ can report.
Turji also urged his colleagues wrecking havoc in other states to imitate him.
A source in Gusau told FIJ that the seemingly tired terrorist released over 100 captives around 7 pm.
The released captives, the source said, had not yet reunited with their families. “They are undergoing checkups at Gusau General Hospital,” he said.
Turji’s action came barely two weeks after he called for a truce between his murderous group and the Nigerian government.
In a three-page letter written to Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president, and Bello Matawalle, the Zamfara State Governor, Turji raised concerns about the marginalisation and maltreatment of the Fulani race in Nigeria.
While Buhari and Matawalle have not responded to Turji’s letter for a peace deal, Aminu Masari, the Kastina State Governor, on December 27, ruled out dialoguing with him.
“Dialogue? With who? Who is he to talk of dialogue or ceasefire?”Masari asked. “He can’t tell us peace accord and dialogue. To sit and discuss peace accord with who? In what capacity is he speaking and even calling for a dialogue?
Sources told FIJ Turji might be scared of the ongoing offensive against terrorists. “You can see, since the first day of January, how our soldiers are making life unbearable for terrorists,” a source in Gusau said.
“His accomplices, Alhaji Auta, Kachalla Ruga and other budding fighters, were eliminated by troops on New Year’s Day. In fact, it was learned that bandits who survived the offensive later died when burying the ones killed earlier.”
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