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Bandits reportedly impose N1m levy on Katsina village to avoid attack

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Reports have emerged that residents of Akata village in Katsina state have been asked by some bandits to pay N1million levy to avoid an imminent attack – Sources familiar with the incident, say the villagers have started levying each community member N1,500 so as to meet up with the demand – The confrontation with the attackers was said to have started after villagers arrested one bandit and handed him over to soldiers Residents of Akata village in Batsari local government area of Katsina state have reportedly been asked by some bandits to pay the sum of N1million to escape an attack.

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Daily Trust, citing sources familiar with the incident, reports that the villagers have started levying each community member N1,500 so as to meet up with the demand. The confrontation with the attackers was said to have started about two weeks ago when bandits stormed the village and rustled some animals.

But some villagers who chased after the attackers recovered the animals from one of the bandits and handed him over to soldiers. In response, the bandits asked the villagers to raise N1million to evade an imminent attack. However, following negotiations the amount was reportedly reduced to N700,000 and subsequently spread across the residents, a source said. When contacted over the issue, the spokesperson for the Katsina state police command said the police were investigating the issue.