Boko Haram imposes VAT, income taxes on residents of Shiroro and other Niger communities

Boko Haram terrorist has allegedly imposed VAT and income taxes on residents of Shiroro and other Niger communities after defeating the Nigerian armed forces protecting the cities.

The terrorists had earlier attacked the town and thereafter hoisting their flag as a sign of victory and dominion.

The major town attacked by the insurgents is Shiroro as it houses one of Nigeria’s electric dams supplying power to the country.

Reacting to the attack on the cities, the Governor of Niger State, Sani Bello on Monday confirmed the displacement of many residents by Boko Haram insurgents around Munya and Shiroro local government areas.

According to him, over 3,000 people have been displaced by bandits and Boko Haram terrorist around the areas.

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“There are some other communities that we think are safe but a vast majority of them will have to remain here because their villages and towns have been taken over by the Boko Haram elements.

“I just heard they have already placed their flag in Kauri which means they have taken over the territory,” he said, expressing fears that they could soon march on Abuja, which shares a border with Niger.

One of the Police officers who fled Shiroro spoke exclusively with People’s Gazette on the incident. According to him, the Awasha, Chiri, and many other communities are now under the control of Boko Haram insurgents, who also control trades.

“The insurgents now impose taxes on local farmers and fishermen who fish around the Shiroro lake, and residents made to pay VAT when local transactions are carried out.,” the source explained

When People’s Gazette contacted the Nigeria Army’s spokesperson, he responded that he was not aware of the development and will confirm the report.

“Let me verify and get back to you,” he said.

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