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There was a mild drama on Sunday when a notorious bandit and a leader of bandits in Zamfara State, Turji, held on to the villagers and travellers abducted by his men over the weekend until his father was released by the security men .
PLATFORM TIMES had reported that Turji had gone on a rampage when he and his men held hostage some villagers and travellers shortly after his father was arrested to draw attention to his father’s arrest by security forces.
There had been mass abduction by Turji which occurred some two weeks after the arrest of his father in Kazaure, Jigawa State.
PLATFORM TIMES further gathered that the father had reportedly relocated to Jigawa State after he failed to dissuade his son from his criminal ways.
He was arrested following a tip-off by an informant from a rival gang who told security forces that the father was trading in cattle stolen by the son’s gang.
Turji agreed to release the abductees as part of a wider mediation process initiated by the federal government as an alternative resolution strategy to tackle rural banditry.
Turji reportedly promised to release all the people and animals taken by his men once his father was brought back to him.
“Let them give you my father. Once you brought him to Bayan Ruwa, I assure you every one of the abductees and all the animals in my custody will be released,” he was reported to have said