Boko Haram forcing parents to withdraw children from schools, Niger raises alarm

Daily Trust

Insurgents in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have been forcing parents to withdraw their children from schools and flouting government’s orders.

On the other hand, bandits have resorted to burning of farm produce in the communities because farmers reportedly refused to pay the tax imposed on them.

The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, disclosed this on Tuesday while giving a security update in Minna, the state capital.

He said these things were happening in Kwaki, Kusaso, Kawure, Chikuba, Kurebe, Madaka, Farin-Dutse, Falali and Ibbru communities.

Matane said, “They are the areas we believe the operations seem to resemble those of Boko Haram and ISWAP because these people came and tried to align with communities telling them that they need to cooperate with them, so that they would be free; they would not touch them.

“Every Friday prayers, they come and preach to the communities not to send their children to school.

“We have also seen recently, where the bandits in some locations were taxing communities to pay to access their farms.

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