A terror group waylaid motorists and demanded money on the spot from passengers on Wednesday, Dec. 14 in Anka Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria.
The gang extorted passengers from seven vehicles – N4,000 per car and N6,000 from a truck at about 9:40 a.m. along Kawaye-Dangulbi Road that leads to Bagega village.
Alu Isah, a visitor from Lokoja, Kogi State, in the North-central region of the country on a visit to his relatives in Dangulbi told HumAngle “I was one of the 17 people in a truck when six armed men carrying guns on their shoulders attacked us on the road. They asked us to contribute N6,000 as checkpoint charge for them to buy fuel for their motorcycles.”
During the attack, Shehu Dangummi, a commercial driver who carried six passengers from Kawaye to Gusau through Bagega, said the gang intercepted him along Kawaye to Bagega road and collected a total of N4,000 from everyone.
“They told us they wanted to fuel their motorcycles,” Dangummi said.
Kabiru Amadu, a resident of Kawaye village added that “the checkpoints are meant to stop cars and pedestrians, including motorcycles and be collecting money from the range of N3,000 to N6,000 cash.
“The terror groups operate around villages of Anka and Maru local government areas, most particularly in the early morning and evening time, almost daily.”
Locals of Dangulbi, Kawaye, Bagega and Dankurmi communities pointed out that the terror gangs have established about six mobile checkpoints in the mentioned areas for money extortion in lieu of kidnapping.
The village Head of Kewaye who did not want his name mentioned, confirmed the incident. “They stopped killing or kidnapping people on the road and resorted to forcing travellers to gather money following the negotiation between the villagers and the terrorists operating in Kawaye forest areas.”
The Sole Administrator of Anka LGA said he is not aware of the development but will confirm and get back to this reporter.
Zamfara Police Command is yet to release any statement over this new development in Anka LGA. At the time this report was filed the telephone line of the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mohammed Shehu, was switched off.
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