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Bandits now collect beer as levy from Taraba farmers

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Terror bandits is now collecting beer as levies from farmers before allowing them to harvest crops in the Ardo-Kola local government area of Taraba State.

A senior civil servant in Jalingo, who doesn’t want to be quoted according to Dailytrust, said that he was forced to buy beer worth over N200,000 before he was allowed to harvest his Benniseed farm.

He said the levy imposed by the terrorists group ranges from N20,000 to N100,000 depending on the size of the farm.

“I paid with beer worth N200,000 before getting access to my farm,” he said.

Meanwhile, the farming communities where the levy was imposed by the bandits include Baka, Kasakuru, Majowere, Digun, Nyapori, Buzi, Dare, and Sakala.

A resident in the local government area, Mallam Dantala Bello also told the medium that farmers have become used to paying the levy to the bandits before harvest.

“Some abandon their farms if they are levied too much and project that they can’t recover the amount after harvest,” he said.

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