Residents of Gidan-goga village, in the Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State, have reportedly paid the N20m levy imposed on them by bandits’ leader, Bello Turji, to avoid an imminent attack on their community.
According to a report by The Punch, Turji, who imposed the N20m levy on residents of the village, asked them to pay the money on or before Sunday, November 27, or face his wrath.
He was said to have threatened to attack the village if the money was not paid on or before the deadline.
An indigene of the area, who spoke with the newspaper under condition of anonymity for security reasons, confirmed that the money was paid on Sunday, adding that residents, who fled to other places, had started returning to the village.
The resident said: “Many people including myself have returned to the village because of the payment of the levy. We paid additional sum of N6m for the release of five people abducted by the terrorists who belonged to Bello Turji’s camp.”