Bandit terrorists has reportedly rejected a ransom for the release of the Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Nasir Magarya.
Recall that bandits had abducted the Speaker’s father alongside five others during an attack on Magarya village in Zurmi LGA.
It was gathered that government officials had met with bandits leader, Halilu Kachalla, to negotiate on the behalf of the Speaker with the group that abducted his father.
An aide to the Speaker revealed Margaya’s followers in Zurmi and Shinkafi local government areas had reached out to Kachalla immediately after the abduction to secure the Speaker’s father’s release.
“A former Commissioner, who is from Zurmi, has been in the forefront of the negotiations with the bandits. Halilu Kachalla tried his best but you know they are having problem with most of the bandits leaders in the state because they believe he is now inching closer to the state government,” a source told Premium Times.
“So, the former Commissioner told the Speaker that they should go ahead and pay the ransom because Kachalla had failed in the negotiation.”
He stated that the speakers people in Shinkafi and Zurmi took the money to the bandits.
“All I know is that some of our people in Shinkafi and Zurmi took the money to the Turji camp but they didn’t even meet him (Turji). They discussed with one of his top commanders, Dan Bukkolo, who told them that the order was that they should go back with the money,” he said.