Suspected bandits have chased out residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State from their homes for failing to pay taxes to them.
According to residents of the community, the bandits who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, told The Nation
‘’For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people. Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community. This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.