LIST: Names Of 42 Sokoto State Communities That Paid N67million In Taxes To Bandits In One Week

NOV 10, 2021

Bandits operating in some parts of Sokoto State have now become tax collectors after imposing levies on communities and setting payment deadline.
By imposing taxes on these communities, the terror group, led by Bello Turji, a notorious bandits’ leader, is raising millions of naira to build an arsenal of heavy weaponry to unleash more mayhem, FIJ reports.

Turji fled Zamfara, a neighbouring state, after military offensives against him and his cohorts. He has since built a new empire in Sokoto forest and procured more ammunition, according to confidential interviews with sources familiar with his movements.
“If we don’t pay the taxes, they’ll kill our people,” a community leader in Sokoto said.
“There is nothing we can do since the government has shown that they can’t help us.”
Since the levies were imposed in October, residents of the affected communities have had sleepless nights rallying around to raise the funds.
Over 40 under-policed villages in Sabon Birnin have had to pay over N67million to fill bandits’ pockets.
Lai Muhammed, the Minister for Information and Culture, had decried the development, saying violent extremists collecting taxes from citizens across the northern parts of Nigeria are not different from street thugs extorting cash from citizens in the southern parts of the country.
Meanwhile, northwest bandits are capturing villages misgoverned by state and federal authorities. On Sunday, news from Sokoto was dominated by accounts of villagers lamenting how bandits imposed new district heads on them after capturing their villages.
“Some of the communities paid N1.5 million each while others paid up to N2 million or even N4 million across three wards,” FIJ quoted a villager as saying after his community paid to bandits.
“Everyone in the village was asked to pay N5,000. Everybody paid. I also paid. It was compulsory payment.”
A youth leader in one of the terrorised villages said complying with bandits’ directives was the only way their safety could be ensured. He said recent events in the communities had discouraged him to convince his people to vote for any politicians in subsequent elections.
“Recently, we made some payments,” he said.
“We paid the money not because we so wished, but because we didn’t have any other option. I observed that some villages had paid before us. Definitely, if we didn’t pay, they might attack us.”
Despite paying millions to bandits, the victimised residents are still uncertain, knowing that the ongoing ceasefire is just temporary.
After interviews with local sources, village heads, and community journalists, below are names of villages that have paid millions of naira in taxes to bandits;

1- Kwatsal      N3million
2- Kwarengamba  N4million
3- Dakwaro      N2.5million
4- Masawa       N2milliom
5- Kuzari       N2.5million
6- Dogon Marke  N3million
7- Kuka N1.5million
8- Kaifin Aska          N2million
9- Allakiru             N2million
10- Gomozo              N3million
11- Ayifara     N1.5million
12- Dan Aduwa           N1.5million
13- Garki       N4million
14- Katuma      N2.5million
15- Garin Idi   N1million
16- Rambaɗawa   N500,000
17- Tudun Wanda         N370,000
18- Nasarawa    N600,000
19- Zangon Ga Itace     N300,000
20- Makuwana    N1million
21- Tsauna      N200,000
22- Tagirke     N2.1million
23- Adarawa     N1.8million
24- Atallawa    N800,000
25- Kiratawa    N2.1million
26- Hawan Diran         N80,000
27- Dukkuma     N2.1million
28- Takaki      N600,000
29- Dubai       N100,000
30- Dan Maliki  N400,000
31- Bore        N2million
32- Mallamawa   N1million
33- Kimba       N1.85million
34- Katsira     N1.5million
35- Faru        N4million
36- Dungurum    N500,000
37- Jinjira     N4million
38- Walkiya Sabuwa      N1million
39- Walkiya Tsohuwa     N300,000
40- Kitamau     N600,000
41- Gangara     N1.5million
42- Zangon Abamu        N2million
TOTAL   N66,620,000

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