Don’t pay levies, taxes to bandits, Niger govt advises farmers


Governor Abubakar Sani Bello (Google photo)

Niger govt cautions farmers against bandits

By Pwadivi Dennis, Minna

Niger State govẹrnment has advised farmers in the state not pay levies and taxes to armed bandits before harvesting their crops.

The state Commissioner for Local Government, Community Development, Chieftaincy Affairs and Internal Security, Mr. Emmanuel Umar, who gave the advice in Minna, while addressing journalists, pointed out that the state was aware of the development.

Umar explained that some criminal elements in Rumbun Giwa in Mashegu council of the state recently wrote under the name Kungiyan Manuma ordering all farmers to pay some specific levies and taxes before they could harvest their crops.

He said that that the state government was working out modalities to ensure that the masterminds of the threat were arrested and deal with.

Umar said, “We  are aware that God has blessed our farmers with bumper harvest this cropping season and government is determined to support them

“These criminals are trying to extort the farmers, communities should support the security agencies, we are  doing everything to ensure that criminals don’t have a space in  our community”.

He appealed to farmers resist any effort by the bandits to extort money from them, while assuring them of safety in their communities.


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