Kaduna Insecurity: Terrorists tax Birnin-Gwari farmers N12 million to harvest their crops

Terrorists have taxed some farmers in Birnin-Gwari communities of Kaduna State to pay a N12 million levy before they can harvest their crops this harvesting season.

This was contained in an issued statement yesterday by the Chairman, Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU), Ishaq Usman Kasai. The terrorists were quoted to have threatened that if the farmers failed to pay the N12 million, they risked being kidnapped on their farms.

Birnin-Gwari is one of the five local government areas in Kaduna where banditry is rife and continues to defy the government’s counter-measures. Aside from Birnin-Gwari, other local government areas ravaged by the terror group are Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, and Kajuru, all in the southern part of the State.

The statement read in part: “Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU) regret to report that as farmers begin to harvest their crops, armed bandits intensify their attacks and impose levies on some farming communities in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna State. The bandits informed some farming communities including Kwaga, Kwanan-Shehu, Unguwan Liman and Unguwan Shekarau to pay levies amounting to N12 million (3 million each) in order for them to be allowed to continue harvesting their crops.

According to Kasai, “These communities were given only the grace of this coming Friday 30/9/2022 to meet the condition, failure of which the bandits have vowed to kidnap any person found on farms. The Union found that these helpless communities have started making contributions based on farm size to meet the condition and the deadline. 

“We are therefore appealing to the Nigerian Government to come to the aid of the helpless farming communities of Birnin-Gwari, in order to allow them free access to their farms and harvest their crops without any harm or intimidation”.

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