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Notorious terrorist Bello Turji taunts Military: Why have you not killed me?

Bello Turji Kachalla, popularly known as Turji, a notorious terrorist and bandit leader operating in northern Nigeria, particularly Zamfara, Sokoto, and Niger States, has said the Nigerian Government was not interested in ending banditry because some of its officials benefit from it.

According to Vanguard News, Turji was reacting to the recent aerial bombardment of his residence by military jets.

He also accused the government of provoking them (terrorists) to break their peace pact with the residents.

Turji, early this year, led his gang to carry out a massacre in Zamfara State, where almost 200 people, including women and children, were killed.

Vanguard News quoted Turji as having spoken on the phone with an online Hausa television, which it monitored.

He was quoted as having said: “I wonder if truly the government wanted to kill me.

“I think they only wanted to provoke me by making me renege on my promise not to kill anyone.

“If they could spot my house, why couldn’t they sight and kill me because I only left the house a couple of minutes when the bombardment occurred.

“The people should know their enemy from the onset.

“The government is provoking us so that we will take revenge on the poor masses.

“The government is only fooling the gullible and naive people that they want to end banditry whereas in actual sense, they are the ones fueling the activities of the bandits and also benefiting from them.

“Peace is priceless and I’m ready to be a peace advocate unless the government wants me to be a warmonger.

“I’m ready for either peace or war.

“Whatever, the government wants, we can give them a multitude.

“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 air strikes.

“The government only succeeded in destroying some part of my house and other buildings belonging to the innocent people.

“For the past five months, we didn’t attack or kill anyone around Shinkafi.

“As a result, farming and other businesses were flourishing without any hitches.

“I feel embarrassed when my name was mentioned after the attacks by other terrorists.”

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