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Pay us or face deadly attacks, bandits write nine Zamfara communities

Pay us or face deadly attacks, bandits write nine Zamfara communities

Bandits operating in Gando forest in Bukkuyum local government area of Zamfara State have written to nine communities asking them to pay their levies or face deadly attacks.

This is coming a few weeks after bandits massacred at least 200 people in Bukkuyum and Anka local government areas.

In that carnage, the bandits burnt down five villages, killed many residents and mutilated their bodies.

Residents told Premium Times that the bandits, who attacked the villages on motorcycles, were more than 500.

The letters seen by PT were written in Hausa language and addressed to the different communities. Each of the letters has the name of the community on the top and the money it is expected to pay.
There is also a mobile phone number written on the letters.

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“Yargalma. N5,000,000. From Dogon Sabi na Auwali Wanzam. You people should reach out to us for peace. Come and pay us money or vacate your town. Respect this and live in peace,” one of the letters read.

All the letters bore the same contents except the title of the town and the amount the bandits are seeking.

The communities according to their districts and the amount they are expected to pay:

Zugu district has five communities taxed ss follows: Wawan Iccen Ibrahim N4,000,000, Wawan Iccen Salihu N1,000,000, Gaude N1,000,000, Galle N1,000,000 and Tungar Gebe N500,000.

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In Gado district, the two communities levied are Nannarki and Ruwan Kura N5,000,000 each.

Adabka district head has one community Gangara which is levied N1.5 million. Zarummai district also has one community which is Yar Galma N5,000,000.

Premium Times spoke to a source at the palace of Bunun Zugu, district head of Zugu in Bukkuyum local government area who confirmed that although the nine villages are spread across four districts, all the letters were sent to Bunun Zugu.

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