Bello Turji had imposed the levy on the village residents, asking them to pay the money on or before Sunday, November 27, or face the wrath of the bandits.
A source said that the bandits threatened to attack the village if the money was not paid at the stipulated time.
He stated, “Many people, including myself, have returned to the village because of the payment of the levy. We paid additional sum of N6 million for the release of five people abducted by the terrorists who belonged to Bello Turji’s camp.”
SP Mohammed Shehu, the state Police Public Relations Officer, could not be reached on his phone for a reaction to the matter.