Armed bandits have placed a one million naira levy on residents of Akata village in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina state to escape attack.

It was reported that already the villagers have started levying each community member 1,500 naira to pay the levy. Akata village is among several others in Batsari at the mercy of bandits.

It was gathered that problem started about two weeks ago when some bandits stormed the village and rustled some animals. Some of the villagers who went after the attackers recovered the animals from one of the bandits and succeeded in handing him over to soldiers.

The amount following negotiations came down to 700,000 naira with the bandits and was subsequently spread across the residents.

The state’s Police Command Spokesman Gambo Isah said investigation is ongoing.

It would be recalled that last week, 30 persons were killed at Tsauwa and Dankar villages of the State.