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Nigeria’s Criminal Gangs Steal Munitions and Extort the Government

Nigeria’s Criminal Gangs Steal Munitions and Extort the Government

GUSAU (Nigeria)–Masked men emerged on motorbikes from the forest, surrounding an intelligence officer with a bag full of cash. The ransom, nearly $50,000 in crisp Nigerian bank notes, wasn’t for a person, but to retrieve a weapon that directly threatened the country’s president.

In a fight with an army unit, a kidnapping gang had taken over an anti-aircraft gun from a Rugu forest camp. This was a serious threat to President Muhammadu Buhari. He had planned to fly back to his home town 80, so the government bought it back.

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