Bandits in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, are now said to be demanding cooked food as ransom from family members of kidnapped victims.
The bandits were said to have retrieved from attacking communities since the state government banned weekly markets, as part of measures to tackle insecurity in the state.
Daily Trust reports that Babangida Yaro, a youth leader in one of the villages in Birnin Gwari, noted that since the ban, bandits operating along Damari, Kutemashi and Kuyello villages only asked for cooked food each time they abduct people.
According to him, the ban on sale of fuel in filling stations located in rural communities has also helped to restrict their movement.
“There is relative peace around Damari, kuyello, Kutemashi because the bandits have stopped attacking our communities. They usually stay in the forest and seiz food items mostly cooked ones from vendors,” he said.
He added that when the bandits abducted two or three persons in farms, one is allowed to go and get them food from relatives as ransom, since there is no communication network to make contact.
Yaro added that Dogon Dawa area is still not completely safe because villagers are still afraid of going to their farms.
The youth leader also lamented that the ban on use of private motorcycles in the villages has increased hardship on the bandits, as well as residents.