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Bandits kidnap 44 locals and impose N20m ‘protection tax’ on Zamfara community

Bandits abduct 44 residents, place N20m ?protection levy? on Zamfara community

Bandits abducted at least 44 people from Kanwa community in Zurmi local government area in Zamfara State,

According to reports, the bandits stormed the community on the night of Thursday, November 17, moving from house to house kidnapping residents.

A local source in Zurmi town, Musa Abdullahi, told Premium Times on Saturday, November 19 that the abducted victims include 39 women and children and five men.

“They went straight to the village square and started rounding up the locals. You know, most of the time the men run into the bush because they know the bandits mostly kill men. The five men captured n weren’t lucky,” he said.

According to the publication, the mass kidnapping was carried out by a notorious bandit leader called Dankarami. Dankarami terrorizes the inhabitants of the Zurmi – Birnin Magaji – Jibia axis in Zamfara and neighboring Katsina states.

A resident said that the bandits had not yet called the relatives of the victims to demand a ransom.

The Emir of Zamfaran Zurmi, His Royal Highness Alhaji Muhammad Bello Suleiman paid a condolence visit to the community on Saturday, November 19.

The monarch sympathized with the people of the Kanwa community over what happened and prayed for Allah to bring the victims back.

Meanwhile, residents of Moriki town have started making efforts to collect a “protection fee” after armed criminals demanded 20 million naira from the community.

Moriki has witnessed terrorist attacks for years and was one of the most affected areas in the region.

The swab, according to locals, is being mobilized from house to house and would be handed over to the gunmen in the Bello Turji camp after the criminal gang told them they would protect the community from attack if the swab was carried out.

A native of the community, Jamilu Shehu, said the deal was made when some community elders encountered a group of terrorists from Bello Turji camp.

“A few weeks ago some of our people were kidnapped when the ransom money was collected, some of our elders went to pay the ransom and decided to talk with the bandits. They said we have to pay a total of N20 million for protection which includes free access to our farm,” he said.

“They also promised to protect us from attacks by other bandits in the area. In fact, they said from here in Birnin Gwari, wherever one of our residents is kidnapped, we should let them know. . But the problem is getting the money.” Mr Shehu, who is a youth leader, told Premium Times by telephone.

He added that the community elders accepted the decision and it was decided that each household should pay no less than N6,500 to make the sum.

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