According to the Peoples Gazette, Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly levied VAT and income taxes on residents of Shiroro Local Government Area in Niger State in order to raise revenue.

After seizing control of the city, the insurgents raised their flag in Shiroro Dam.

Sani Bello, the governor of Niger State, declared on Monday that Boko Haram insurgents had displaced many people in the Munya and Shiroro local government areas.

According to him, bandits and Boko Haram elements in the region have displaced over 3,000 people.

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 expressed concern that they could march on Abuja, which shares a border with Niger, soon.

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According to a police source who fled Shiroro, Boko Haram insurgents power the Shiroro, Awasha, Chiri, and many other communities, as well as trade.

According to him, the insurgents are now levying taxes on local farmers and fishermen who fish in the Shiroro lake, as well as requiring residents to pay VAT on local transactions.

Residents also go farming for the rebels in addition to paying taxes.

Mohammed Yerima, the army’s spokesman, said he was unaware of the progress.

However, the Niger State Police spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, said that he would make findings of the situation.

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

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