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How Nigerian Judiciary Failed My Father -Bandit Kingpin


Zamfara banditry kingpin, Bello Turji, has claimed that his father went through the courts for years but could not get justice.

In an interview with Daily Trust’s Deputy General Editor, Abdulaziz Abdulaziz, Turji spoke on a wide range of issues.

The notorious bandit also said he could reach out to other armed gangs terrorising the North West for peace to reign.

“My father was involved in a court case for seven years over cornstalks. Just cornstalks! And he went through all the courts, including the one in Abuja.”

“I swear to Allah that in our household we had over 100 cows, but we were left with just 20. You can confirm all that I have told you from the traditional rulers. I can bring the defendant (in my father’s court case); the case dragged on for years, since I was small and lasted till my adulthood. There is also nowhere that our parents did not go to get justice over the confiscation of our lands.

“All these are known to the Emir of Shinkafi. He knew our parents for years and they were not bandits. There was never a case of rustling reported to him. But they rustled our cows and killed our brothers and rendered us worthless. There is no authority to complain to, no one to seek redress from. Would you forever be crying? You will get tired of crying and seek for solution. And this is our problem in this country. We don’t have any demand other than stopping the killing of our people.”


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