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According to a police source, in addition to occupying communities in Niger State’s Shiroro Local Government Area, Boko Haram insurgents collect money by levying VAT and income taxes on residents.
The Boko Haram insurgency has been raging in Niger for years, with recent attacks in Shiroro, which is home to one of Nigeria’s electric dams.
According to Governor Sani Bello, Boko Haram insurgents have displaced a large number of people in the Munya and Shiroro local government areas.
Bandits and Boko Haram elements in the area, he claims, have displaced over 3,000 people.
The governor added, “There are some other communities that we believe are secure,” but “the overwhelming majority of them will have to remain here because their villages and towns have been taken over by Boko Haram elements.”
He expressed concern that they could march on Abuja, which shares a border with Niger, in the near future. He said, “I just heard they’ve already planted their flag in Kauri, which means they’ve taken over the territory.”
Boko Haram insurgents dominated the community, Awasha, Chiri, and many others, as well as trade, according to a police source who fled Shiroro.
Many people believe it is financed by kidnapping for ransom and robbing local neighbourhoods, but according to a police source, it is funded by taxation.
The insurgents, he claims, are now taxing local farmers and fishermen who fish in the Shiroro lake, as well as forcing residents to pay VAT on local transactions.
In addition to paying taxes, residents even farm for the rebels.
The army’s spokesman, Mohammed Yerima, told The Gazette that he was unaware of the situation.
The state police spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, told The Gazette over the phone that he would look into the matter.
“Let me double-check and get back to you,” he said.
Hundreds of villages around Lake Chad have been overrun by insurgents in recent years, boosting revenue from the locals.
According to reports, the group’s ISWAP faction formed state-like structures in Borno’s Abadam, Kukawa, Guzamala, Marte, and Monguno local government areas.