Fear Grips Communities In Northern State As Gunmen Demand Over N1m Levy
- With the established presence of bandits in Zamfara communities, the unthinkable is already happening
- At the moment, criminals have started collecting levies from residents in other to prevent attacks and kidnap missions
- The bandits are said to be demanding over N1 million from communities like Birnin Tsaba, Gabaken Mesa, Gabaken Dan-Maliki, Turawa, Askawa, and Yanbuki
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Bandits in Zamfara have started asking for more than N1 million levies from residents of communities in Zurmi, Kaura Namoda, and Birnin-Magaji local government areas.
Vanguards reports that among the communities affected by what some have termed an unthinkable trend are Birnin Tsaba, Gabaken Mesa, Gabaken Dan-Maliki, Turawa, Askawa, and Yanbuki.
This has put indigenes and residents at the mercy of armed criminals who seem to have instituted their presence in the state like a separate government.
A resident who spoke with journalists without revealing his identity disclosed that the people of Askawa had paid N5 million for the release of 18 kidnapped persons.
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The resident added that the sum is also to prevent further attacks in the community.
In his revelations, he stated:
“Gabaken Mesa has paid N1 million, Gabaken Dan-Maliki, N1 million and Birnin Tsaba N1 million, just to mention but few.
“No one is going to police to report, knowing full well that nothing will be done but to tell them to pay the money.
“I personally went to the military on Friday evening in Kaura Namoda to report the incident; I almost ended up fighting with one of the soldiers. I can categorically tell you nothing has been done, till now.”
On his part, the commissioner for information in the state, Ibrahim Dosara, confirmed the development to newsmen but noted that the government is working with security agencies to secure the lives of citizens in the state.
Insecurity: Why I invited bandits to raid Zamfara village, suspect confesses
Meanwhile, a notorious bandits’ informant identified as Babuga Abubakar had confessed that he invited armed bandits who raided Wanke village in Gusau local government area and rustled 240 cows.
The Police Tactical Operatives of the Zamfara state police command along with operatives from FIB/STS Force Headquarters, Abuja led by DSP Hussaini Gimba, had earlier paraded the suspect in Gusau.
The state police commissioner, Ayuba Elkanah, said the suspect was arrested in Gusau based on intelligence.