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Since the news of the purported relocation of terrorist kingpin, Bello Turji, from Zamfara State to Kwara State Forest broke, residents of Kwara State have been gripped with apprehension which security agencies have been trying to douse with assurances of the security of their lives and property. 

The lawmaker representing Gummi/Bukkuyum Federal Constituency of Zamfara State in the House of Representatives, Suleiman Abubakar Gumi, had claimed that the bandits’ leader, Turji, believed to be in control of about 150 terrorist groups in the North, had fled into a forest in Kwara State. 

Gumi described Turji’s unconfirmed relocation as a sign that the military had dislodged him from his stronghold in Shinkafi Local Government Area of Zamfara State. 

He said “I have seen what happened in the Shinkafi area. I believe it is a stronghold with about 150 groups, most of them under the command of Turji. Now we heard that he is on the run. Some are even saying he is in a Kwara State Forest. That is what we are hearing. It is unconfirmed but definitely he is on the run.” 

During the week, residents of Obbo-Ayegunle in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State told Saturday Tribune that five suspected Fulani bandits had arrived in the area and were threatening to unleash mayhem in the forms of kidnapping and killing unless the inhabitants provided them with the sum of N2 million. 

Sources in the area said that it took the intervention of the vigilance team in the agrarian area to repel an attack of the bandits and drive them away from the area. 

One of the community leaders in Obbo Ayegunle, Chief Olaniyi James, in an interview with Saturday Tribune, called on the state government and the security agencies to improve on surveillance and intelligence gathering to nip the security situation in the bud. 

The community leader, who said that some of the rampaging bandits might be some of the prisoners that escaped from the Oyo correctional facility towards the end of last year, called on security agencies to redouble their efforts and ensure that the activities of the criminal elements were not extended to the state. 

Bandit’s demand N5m from villagers 

It was also gathered from the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) that about two weeks ago, some bandits invaded a rural community called Anguwa Danlami in Edu Local Government Area. 

A report of the NSCDC, after investigation of the invasion, revealed that the bandits asked the people to provide the sum of N5 million or they would set the whole community ablaze. 

The report, presented by the Divisional Officer, Bode Saadu Division, CSC Babatunde Lukman, reads in part: “Having received directive from Area “B” commander on Anguwa Danlami being threatened by bandits, the personnel of Bode Saadu Division swung into action and through the action taken, we discovered that Anguwa Danlami is under Edu Local Government Area of Kwara State but very close to Ifelodun and Moro local governments. There is no motorable road from Moro except at Iyana Bacita that one can use to access Anguwa Danlami. There are three villages between Iyana Bacita and Anguwa Danlami, namely, Gbadan, Mafara and Lakanla Bacita. 

“Two of these villages fall under Moro Local Government while Lakanla Bacita falls under Ifelodun Local Government and Lakanla Bacita is the nearest village to Anguwa Danlami. 

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