Bello Turji Biography: Age, Wikipedia, Family, Net Worth, State of Origin, Wife, Sokoto, Children, Son, Daughter, Zamfara, Hausa

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Bello Turji Biography

Bello Turji Kachalla popularly known as Turji, (born 1994) is a notorious Nigerian terrorist and bandit leader who is operating in Northern Nigeria, particularly Zamfara, Sokoto and Niger state. 

Bello Turji led a bandit gang in the 2022 Zamfara massacre, almost 200 people including women and children were killed.

Early Life and Education

Bello Turji was born in Shinkafi local government of Zamfara State, Northern Nigeria. Bello Turji was raised as a Fulani cattle herder without education. 

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Bello Turji claims that some of his family’s cattle were stolen by a pro-security forces vigilante group called the Yan Sakai who also murdered six of Turji’s siblings. 

Bello Turji also claims his father tried to sue the Emir of Zurmi (to whom the stolen cattle were given) but his efforts failed, and that Yan Sakai killed his uncle. 

Bello Turji Career

Bello Turji is known to have been responsible for numerous massacres and terrorist attacks against civilians and security forces in the North West region of the country, especially Zamfara and Sokoto State.

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In September 2021, Yan Sakai attacked a mosque in Gwadabawa, killing eleven people. 

Turji responded by leading his bandits towards a market in Goronyo, Sokoto State. The bandits entered the bazaar and opened fire, killing at least 50 to over 60 civilians.

In December 2021, Turji’s forces attacked a bus in Sabon Birni, setting it on fire and burning the passengers inside to death. 30 people died in the ambush.

Turji was the mastermind behind the slaughter of over 200 people in Zamfara state in January 2022.

He is a rival of another bandit leader named Dogo Gide.

Personal Life

Turji believes that Fulani people are being subjected to genocide in Nigeria, and has justified his actions as being reprisals against attacks on Fulani bandits and civilians.

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Turji claims to be a practicing Muslim and a close friend of Islamic scholar Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, Turji has enforced chosen elements of sharia law on the towns he controls. 


Despite evidence, Turji has “strongly denied” inquires about his relations to Boko Haram and other jihadist groups, insisting that his goals are unrelated to religion. 

Some of his officers have alleged that he celebrates Mawlid, which is not permitted under Salafism.

Bello Turji Net Worth

Bello Turji has an estimated net worth of $400,000.

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