Zamfara villages pay N20m to bandits to avoid attacks

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Bandits demanded the sum of N20m from residents of five villages in Zamfara State as a condition not to be attacked and robbed.

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Punchng.com reports that it gathered this, from a resident of the Aljimma village in the Maradun Local Government Area of state.

The source, who spoke to the paper on condition of anonymity, listed the affected villages and amounts demanded from each.

The publication quoted the unnamed source as saying: “Let me give you a breakdown of villages and the ransoms paid. They placed N10m ransom on Gora community, N5m on Faru village, N1.5m on Gidan Isah community, the people of Ilankwai village had to pay N2m while Gidan Baushe village was levied N2.5m . All the villages paid the levy but I’m not sure whether Gora people were able to meet the demand.

“I was part of the team that took the ransom put on our village to the bandits inside the forest. We had to mobilise ourselves by going from house to house to collect the money in order to meet the demand. Failure to do so would be very calamitous on us.”

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