Bandit Gangs Stand Up Their Own State in Nigeria’s Lawless Northwest-Masara Kim

Radical insurgents of an unknown jihadist faction in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Sokoto have taken over nearly 80 towns, according to lawmakers speaking to The Epoch Times. Once in control they are reported to have imposed heavy taxes, seized crops, and taken women as sex slaves. “They have suspended all laws and instructions from the government and have introduced their own rules and taxes in my [County] said Mr. Aminu Boza, who represents Sabon Birni County at the Sokoto State Legislature. “My People are dying. Many have fled their homes to escape the stringent laws and excessive levies introduced by the bandits. I am in pain right now and can’t even sleep,” Boza told The Epoch Times by phone on Sunday. The jihadist takeover of territory is in the northeastern corner of the state, which is majority Muslim. Sokoto borders Niger Republic to the north and is known as one of northwestern Nigeria’s … Radical insurgents of an unknown jihadist faction in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Sokoto have taken over nearly 80 towns, according to lawmakers speaking to The Epoch Times. Once in control they are reported to have imposed heavy taxes, seized crops, and taken women as sex slaves. “They have suspended all laws and instructions from the government and

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