How Boko Haram Fighters Have Been Training Fulani Herdsmen & Collecting Taxes

Boko Haram terrorists group and local Fulani herdsmen are forming a dangerous alliance in some communities in Yobe State in the northern part of Nigeria as the terrorists train Fulani herdsmen and collect cows from them as taxes. According to Sahara Reporters, we learnt from military sources that the terrorists collect one cow for every 40 cows and other food items as taxes from the Fulani herdsmen.

It was gathered that some of the Fulani herdsmen including underage boys, were given arms and recruited, and then prepared to carry out the next schedule of attacks.

According to reports from our reliable source; “The training of Fulani herdsmen and collection of taxes from them is a common practice in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State. The terrorists are in need of food items, including meat and they are recruiting and training Fulani herdsmen in Gonisaleri, Dawayya and Abari villages in the Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State,” a military source stated.

Speaking further the military source also revealed that Boko Haram collect one cow for every 40 cows as taxes, issue tags and receipts to the Fulani herdsmen. According to the military source, it is becoming an organized process to take over the whole country and declare an Islamic state.

Sahara Reporters had on February 12, 2021 reported that intelligent reports from security sources confirmed the establishment of new bases by Boko Haram in some parts of Yobe and Adamawa states. It was learnt that the terrorists established hideouts in Geidam loca government area and some other parts of Yobe State.

A security source listed other new bases of the insurgents as Tarmuwa and Yunusari local governments’ areas of Yobe State. They also listed Mubi, Madagali and Gombi local government areas of Adamawa State as the bases of Boko Haram. From there, they attacked in Geidam and then abducted three personnel of the Nigeria Customs Service.

Boko Haram attacks have intensified in Yobe State generally since January, claiming many lives, including the lives of soldiers.  They have also led to destruction of livelihoods, government property and public facilities. In February, Nigerian soldiers were killed in Goniri, a border community between Yobe and Borno states when a Boko Haram terrorist rammed an explosive-laden vehicle into them during a clash.

The bomber, believed to be a member of the Islamic State and West Africa Province faction of the group, had targeted the military convoy in Goniri. Only last week, the insurgents attacked Katarko community in the Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State with heavy gunshots, causing residents to flee. They burnt down a primary school and a healthcare centre located in the community.

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