Dreaded bandit kingpin, Bello Turji has revealed that he feels betrayed following the bombing raid by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) on his camp in Zamfara State.
The attack on the bandits took place when they, alongside Turji, were attending a wedding at the Shinkafi LGA of the state. According to the kingpin, the NAF bombing led to the death of innocent lives and the destruction of their properties.
According to Turji, he hasn’t attacked or killed anyone in 5 months, accusing other bandit kingpins of hiding behind his name to carry out attacks. He also warned the Nigerian Government that he is ready for either peace or war.
“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 airstrikes,” he was quoted to have said.
“For the past five months, we didn’t attack or kill anyone around Shinkafi. As a result, farming and other business activities were flourishing without any hitches.
“I feel embarrassed when my name is mentioned after attacks by other bandits and terrorists.
“Apart from my house that they destroyed, many other buildings belonging to innocent citizens in the forest were also affected.
“Peace is priceless and I am ready to be a peace advocate unless the government wants me to be a warmonger.
“I am ready for either peace or war. Whatever the government wants, we can give them a multitude”.