A musician, Mohammad Danshanawa who praise-sang the wanted bandit kingpin, Bello Turji has been ordered to be arrested.
The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, gave the order of arrest of Danshawa, who in a viral music audio, described Turji as “a lion, untouchable and a great leader”, to serve as a deterrent..
Tambuwal, said, “This further informs why I advised that the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces should consider because, in those places where there are security challenges, the inhabitants are willing to be trained on weapons handling.”
Some residents of Sokoto also condemned the action of the singer, according to Sahara Reporters.
Squadron leader, Aminu Bala, said, “The song is capable of misleading young people to begin to idolize or even pay allegiance to the terrorist.”
Another man resident in Northern Nigeria, Abdullahi Bala, “This is a very sad development; and it is coming at a time of acute security deterioration. As it is, one cannot move from Sokoto here to Illeila, yet someone is praise-singing a terrorist.”
Bello Turji is a 27-year ruthless bandit operating in Sokoto and Zamfara States. He had on different occasions rejected peace deals from the state governments.
The only time he said he was open to dialogue was when Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Ahmed Gumi, visited his camp in Zurmi (Zamfara State).