Bandits terrorizing Kaduna villages are requiring locals to pay levies before they may harvest crops from their fields in the state.
Farmers from Kidandan and Galadima villages were coerced, while those from Angular Fala’u and Kerawa villages were continually harassed and kidnapped while working on their crops.
According to a source in Kidandan village, their people, who are largely farmers, pay between N70,000 and N100,000 before they may collect their farm produce.
He explained that those who refuse to pay are either kidnapped, killed or have their farm produce seized by the bandits.
He listed the names of the bandit warlords terrorising residents in the area to include Buhari; his deputy, Gana’i, while the third in command is called Kwalameri.
He warned, “There could be a shortage of food crops in the state if care is not taken, because many farmers have abandoned their farms due to banditry in the area.”
The Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mansir Hassan, could not be reached by phone to comment on the development.