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Terror Group Sends Bullets To Communities In Northwest Nigeria

A recently released abductee in Zamfara state was given bullets by his abductors to give community leaders to pay taxes or have their communities overrun with violence.

When Mainasara, 32, was released by terrorists who abducted him, he was given three bullets to deliver to three communities; Birnin-Tudu, Leshi, and Gayawa in Zamfara state, northwestern Nigeria. The ammunition is intended to signal incoming attacks. 

The terror message was sent through the abductee on Thursday, Jan. 22, around 7 a.m. local time. Mainasara was conditionally released to relay the message as a price for his freedom and that of his cousin, Malan Daki Takwas, who is still being held captive by the terror group. 

Mainasara delivered the three ammunitions to the District Heads of Birnin-Tudu, Tudun Daki Takwas, who would then deliver the remaining two to Leshi and Gayawa communities. 

An eyewitness resident in the area told HumAngle, on condition of anonymity, that “the matter has already been reported to the Divisional Police Headquarters in Gummi for further investigation.”

Another resident of the area Usman, said, “Mainasara brought the three gun bullets to our village, as a message by the terrorist group to be distributed, one each to Birnin-Tudu, Leshi and Gayawa communities to gather one hundred million Naira for them (N100,000,000.00) as a levy to avoid attacks on the villages.”

The Divisional Police Officer of the area declined to comment when contacted on the development. 

Also, all efforts to reach the Police Relations Officer of the Zamfara State Police Command, Muhammad Shehu, proved abortive as all his telephone lines could not be reached for comments.


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