Bandits tax Sokoto communities, give deadline for payment

Bandits have imposed levies and issued deadlines for payment to some communities in Sokoto state.

A resident of one of the affected communities said the bandits have also barred them from their farms, until the communities cough out the levies.

According to a report by Daily Trust, some of the communities have settled the bandits while others were working hard to raise the money.

The report said the bandits considered the population of each community, before fixing the amounts they would pay.

“Some are asked to pay N400,000, some N700,000 while some even pay less than that and is left for the community to decide how the money will be raised.

“In some communities, heads of households are asked to pay N12,000 each and young men that are not married pay N1,000 each”, another source said.

Findings revealed that Attalawa, Danmaliki, Adamawa, Dukkuma, Sardauna and Dangari villages were asked to pay N400,000 each.

However, residents of Kwatsal village, billed N4 million, are said to have already paid N2 million to the bandits.

“All the villages were given up to Friday to pay the money or risk attack. People are paying because they have no other option”, one of the sources added.

A member representing Sabon Birni North Constituency in the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Aminu Almustapha Gobir, who confirmed the development, said there has been no attack in Sabon Birni in recent times because the locals were complying with the bandits’ directive of the bandits.

“The people prefer to pay and live in peace in their communities than to rely on security agencies or go on exile,” he said.

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