No fewer than 65 communities in Niger State where the terrorist group, Boko Haram, has encroached have signed a peace deal and negotiated a deal estimated to be N20 million with the insurgents to prevent further attacks, a report has revealed.
The embattled communities of Gurmana, Manta, Bassa and Kukoki districts in the Shiroro area of the state had negotiated with the terrorists for a peace deal after reaching an agreement to pay a certain amount of money, the Punch reports.
This development comes just days after Abubakar Sani Bello, Governor of Niger State, confirmed the presence of Boko Haram in the state, with the insurgents having hoisted their flag in the Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.
The report also stated that the communities were said to have purchased at least six motorcycles worth N500,000 for the terrorists.
Yusuf Sani, the co-convener of Concerned Shiroro Youth, confirmed the deal negotiation.
“This is what most of the communities are resorting to. By my records now, communities that have signed the peace deal with the terrorists are more than 40.
“While some communities have already sealed up deals for ceasefire with the terrorists and are currently reaping the benefits, others are on the verge of finalising theirs,” the newspaper quoted him as saying.
Sani also said the communities had paid “not less than N20 million to sign the peace deal with the terrorists”.