Group of bandits in Niger threatens to tax farmers before they harvest their crops

Group of bandits in Niger threatens to tax farmers before they harvest their crops

Farmers in Niger State’s Atabo and Magama local government areas are living in fear following an alleged threat by bandits to prevent them from harvesting their crops unless they pay them tax.

Bandits attacked the Atabo community and kidnapped the village head, Alhaji Mairabo, and his younger brother, Usman.

The village chief was later released, but his younger brother is still being held captive by the abductors.

“They released the village head on Wednesday (November 2) and he was told to inform the family of his younger brother to pay N7 million ransom. They also told him that if this ransom was not paid on time, they would not allow us to harvest our crops this dry season until we pay tax. As I speak with you, some people have fled their homes since Tuesday’s attack,” a source told Daily Post.

He appealed to the federal and Niger State governments to assist the area with security operatives to help harvest their crops.

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