No fewer than nine communities in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State have been asked by bandits to pay a compulsory tax of N24 million or risk being attacked.
According to sources, the bandits are expecting the communities to pay between N500,000 and N5 million.
It was gathered that the communities have started mobilising fund to pay the bandits, even as sources in the villages said letters from the bandits had since reached the affected communities through kidnap victims who regained freedom.
The bandits have, 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.”