Banditry is quite deep and has been turned into the order of the day especially in the northern part of the country which has resulted in the loss of countless lives.
Zamfara state was the state with the highest vices regarding banditry in earlier years and it was tightly linked to the gold deposits in the state. Other northern states like Niger, Katsina and Kaduna have also recently experienced high waves of bandits attacks and people keep wondering when all these vices started.
Abdulabaki Jari who is a seasoned journalist with BBC Hausa recently revealed the content of BBC's conversation with the Emir of Birnin Gwari who told them the year banditry started. Birnn Gwari is a local government in Kaduna state and has also witnessed its share of banditry.
Abdulbaki Jari said the emir told them banditry has been happening since 1994 which later evolved to robbery. Banditry in its ideal sense according to some people refers to armed violence driven principally by the criminal intent to steal and plunder.
The emir said people had to take extra money with them to be paid to these bandits so as not to be harmed. He also revealed that the gold deposits have less or nothing to do with banditry because if it were because of the gold, the bandits would have mined and left them in peace.
This revelation means banditry precedes the democratic administration of the country and still seems to be a big problem to be countered as it's being passed down from one administration to another, with the current administration facing the worst of banditry.
All hands will need to be on deck to foster synergy between the security agencies and civilian populace to help combat the cases of banditry.
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