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  • Updated: June 12, 2024

How bandits collected N6.2 million, bags of rice from Kaduna farmers

How bandits collected N6.2 million, bags of rice from Kaduna

Rural farmers in the Kachia local government area are said to have given bandits four sacks of rice and N6.2 million.

Alnews.ng gathered that the charge was to enable the farmers to continue cultivating their farmlands. 

Bandits threatened to drive farmers out of Unguwar Jibo and Nasarawa-Azzara settlements two weeks ago, stating they would not be allowed to return until they could raise N100,000 apiece.

Before taking the N6.2 million, it was discovered that the criminals turned down the N725,000 that the farmers had raised, claiming it was insufficient.

One of the farmers from of the communities who pleaded anonymity said: “Last week we were able to raise N725,000 for the bandits, which they rejected and insisted that we must raise something bigger. We started struggling since last week before we were able to raise N6.2m and four bags of rice.”

He said that the bandits had received the cash and rice sacks in the vicinity of the nearby village of Katari and had instructed them to carry on cultivating their farms.

Meanwhile, out of the 150 people kidnapped from the Kuchi hamlet in Niger State's Munya Local Government Area, forty have been set free by their kidnappers.

The hostages were freed, most of whom were women and children, after the community gave the bandits N2 million and 12 Honda motorcycles.

The release happened early on Tuesday, according to information obtained by DAILY POST, after the community made an effort to satisfy the thieves' demands. According to reports, each motorbike cost N1.2 million. But 110 captives are still being held by the bandits. 

According to trustworthy sources, the bandits have offered to free 40 more captives in exchange for N2 million and six more motorbikes from the community. The bandits and community officials are still negotiating.

Allnews.ng had reported that the situation started three weeks ago when a sizable band of criminals broke into the Kuchi neighbourhood.

Seven people were killed in the incident, four of them were security officers. The bandits ransacked residences, stores, and farms, capturing more than 150 inhabitants in a raid that lasted longer than three hours with no opposition from law enforcement.

The terrorists first sought N150 million in exchange for the release of every prisoner. However, the community tried to bargain with them for N100,000 per individual, and they turned them down.

Afterwards, the criminals agreed to exchange smaller groups of captives for the motorbikes and cash arrangements. 

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