With barely two weeks after Bandits group led by Dogo Gede shutdown a Military Helicopter on an evacuation mission in Kusasu Village in Shriroro local government area of Niger state, about eight communities in the area have surrendered themselves to the leadership of the Bandits warlord and have decided to pledged their loyalty and allegiance to the group.
The communities are Kusasu, Kwaki, Chukuba, Gulana, Apai, Nakuna, Yanka and Kurebe where the Bandits warlord has continue to operate with impunity for the past years.
According to a very reliable source who confined with Sun Newspapers, the over 1,000 inhabitants of these communities last week, contributed food stuff to join the warlord to celebrate the successful shutting down of the helicopter without any major reaction from the authority and have equally submitted themselves to his leadership, adding that “they now address him as Governor”.
It was gathered that the decision of the people to accept Dogo Gede as their leader was informed by the fact that despite the killing of the soldiers and shutting down of the helicopter by the Bandits, the authority has not taken any major step towards the Bandits, stressing that “the only way for them is to submit themselves to the group because it appears that there is nothing anybody can do about the situation”.
Our source further revealed that the recent pronouncement by the state governor, Rt. Hon. Umar Mohammed Bago that he was contemplating going into dialogue with the Bandits rather than sticking to his campaign promises of going all out against the criminals further demoralized the people and have therefore concluded that the only way for them to have peace and go about with their farming business is to submit themselves to Dogo Gede and his group.
“As I speak with you, the people are planning to give a title and made Dogo Gede their king in these communities. At the moment they refer to him as their governor because since the Bandits have being operating in the area for the past eight years and killing the people, no governor of the state or any political leader has visited them.
“These people have lost hope in their leaders and they believe that nobody can rescue them from the hands of these Bandits and restore peace in these communities. So you don’t blame them for pledging loyalty and allegiance to the warlord and his group if that is the only way they can have peace and embark on their farm business”, our source added.
It was also learnt that following this development, some members of these communities have volunteered to serve as intermediaries between the people and Dogo Gede led group for ease of communication and harmonious relationship.
According to our source, in Nakuna community, one Mallam Yohanna who was sometimes arrested by special hunters operating in the area on suspicious of being an informant to the Bandits is now serving as the intermediary between the Bandits and his community, while in Apai community, a man popularly refers to as Alhaji is the intermediary between the Bandits and his community.
Meanwhile Bandits group loyal to Dogo Gede and members of Boko Haram sect have shared territories within which to operate among themselves to any further clash.
The demarcation of Territories by these Terrorists is coming barely seven months after the last bloody clash between the two groups, leading to heavy casualties on both sides in February this year.
Sun correspondent also gathered that in the new boundary adjustment by the two group shows that the Boko Haram Sects will now operate in communities within Hudawa and Kurebe while Bandits warlord, Dogo Gede and his group will now hold on to communities between Kurebe and Iburo.
It could be recalled that the Chairman of Shiroro local government Council, Hon. Akilu Isyaku Kuta in an interview with a private radio station which was monitored in Minna last week confirmed that the Boko Haram Sects have hoisted their flag at Angwar Madaki, saying that “this is the reports that I have received from the people in the area”.