In northwestern Nigeria ultra-violent bandit gangs raid villages, attack drivers, abduct schoolchildren, and kill anyone who resists. But who are these men, and what do they want?
This documentary from BBC Africa Eye takes us into the heart of Nigeria’s worst security crisis — and brings us face to face with some of the most feared bandit leaders in Zamfara state.
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Thanks to our colleagues in Zamfara who cannot be named.
Reporter – Yusuf Anka
Produced and Directed – Kai Lawrence, Daniel Adamson
Director of Photography – Tom Saater
Shoot Producers – Yusuf Anka, Tom Saater, Jamil Mabai
Assistant Producer – Ines Ward
Production Coordinators – Charlotte Fraser, Emily Dubois, Sarah Clarke
Unit Production Manager – Helen Swindells
Production Manager – Simon Frost
Executive Producer – Tom Roberts
Archive – Reuters, AFP, Nigerian Airforce, Jakadiya TV
Colour Grader – Boyd Nagle
Graphics – Shy Guys
Dubbing Mixer – Jez Spencer
Online Editor – Chris Stott
Editorial Consultant – Mark Aitken, Bilkisu Labaran, Bulama Bukarti
Reversioning Producer – Anna Payton, Izzy Fleming
Digital Producer – Rob Miller
Social Media Producer – Anusha Kumar
Impact Producer – Courtney Bembridge
Digital Technician – David Smith
Translators – Humayra Bashir, Isa Sanusi, Sani Ahmed, Jabir Mustapha, Fatima Sani Sambo
Special thanks – Benjamin Strick, Aliyu Tanko, Yusuf Yakusai, Maggie Andresen
BBC Africa Eye Editor – Tom Watson
Head of Investigations – Marc Perkins