Bello Turji, bandit kingpin, has cried out over the military airstrikes on his hide-out.
According to PRNigeria, the bandit warlord accused the government of breaking the peace pact they had with him in stopping banditry — by protecting the people of Shinkafi axis from any attack.
Speaking on phone with some of his acquaintances, Turji expressed his bitterness over the air raid on his abode and the killing of vulnerable people.
In an audio conversation obtained by PRNigeria, the bandit leader said he agreed with officials of the government and community leaders to abandon banditry.
“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 reportedly 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 him to be a warmonger.
“I am ready for either peace or war. Whatever the government wants, we can give them a multitude.”