Sani Wilson Enemona
At least nine communities in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been charged by bandits to pay a compulsory tax of N24 million or risk attack.
Sources disclosed that the bandits are expecting each of the communities to pay between N500,000 and N5 million.
Daily Star Nigeria gathered that the communities have started mobilising funds to pay the bandits, even as sources in the villages stated that the letters from the bandits had since reached the affected communities through kidnap victims who regained freedom
According to a source: “the communities are Yan Galma, Tungar Gebe, Wawan Iccen Ibrahim, Wawan Iccen Salihu, Galle, Nannarki, Ruwan Kura, Gangara and Gaude.
“The bandits, 10 days ago, stayed in Gando forest and launched attacks on seven communities in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas. They killed dozens residents and rustled over 1,900 cows.
“Some of the community leaders who received letters from the bandits have reported the matter to the authorities. However, there was no reaction from official quarters on the development”, the source added.