Nigerian Govt benefitting from banditary says notorious bandit Bello Turji

Bello Turji
Bello Turji

The notorious terrorist and bandit leader Turji, also known as Bello Turji Kachalla, has claimed that the Nigerian government is not interested in putting an end to banditry because some of its officials profit from it. Turji operates in northern Nigeria, particularly in the states of Zamfara, Sokoto, and Niger.

Turji was responding to the recent aerial bombardment of his home by military jets, according to Vanguard News.

Additionally, he stated that the government had incited the terrorists to violate their agreement to maintain peace with the locals.

Early this year, Turji and his gang carried out a massacre in Zamfara State that resulted in the deaths of around 200 people, including women and children.

Turji was quoted by Vanguard News as having a phone conversation with an online Hausa television that was monitored.

He was quoted as having said: “I wonder if truly the government wanted to kill me.

“I think they only wanted to provoke me by making me renege on my promise not to kill anyone.

“If they could spot my house, why couldn’t they sight and kill me because I only left the house a couple of minutes when the bombardment occurred.

“The people should know their enemy from the onset.

“The government is provoking us so that we will take revenge on the poor masses.

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“The government is only fooling the gullible and naive people that they want to end banditry whereas in actual sense, they are the ones fueling the activities of the bandits and also benefiting from them.

“Peace is priceless and I’m ready to be a peace advocate unless the government wants me to be a warmonger.

“I’m ready for either peace or war.

“Whatever, the government wants, we can give them a multitude.

“There have not been any attacks in the last five months since we reached a truce with the government but now that the military has attacked our home, we feel betrayed especially after the death of vulnerable people in the air strikes.

“The government only succeeded in destroying some part of my house and other buildings belonging to the innocent people.

“For the past five months, we didn’t attack or kill anyone around Shinkafi.

“As a result, farming and other businesses were flourishing without any hitches.

“I feel embarrassed when my name was mentioned after the attacks by other terrorists.”

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