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Bandits Impose Taxes on Katsina Farmers, Nigeria – 25 September 2021

Frida Bergström
1 month ago

As the insecurity occasioned by rural banditry bites harder, some residents of frontline local governments in Katsina State have either abandoned their farms or resort to forceful payment of taxes to bandits.According to the Katsina State Government, some 5,884 farmlands were abandoned due to the attacks.  From January to June 2021 alone, according to the government, 23,333 hectares of 2,924 farmlands have been abandoned.In Danmusa Local Government, farmers mostly in Gurzar-Kuka, Mara, Dunya and other villages that are close to forests are either paying taxes to bandits to access their farms or forced to work on the farms of the criminals.In…

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