The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has likened the collection of taxes by bandits in some areas of the North to activities of area boys.
Recall bandits operating in some parts of Sokoto State were reported to have become tax collectors after imposing levies on communities and setting payment deadlines.
reacting to the development, Lai Mohammed while briefing journalists on Thursday said; “Do you know how many places in this country where area boys collect taxes? And there is no terrorism or banditry there. I don’t want to mention names.
“In many of our cities, they carve out their own territory. So, it is not indicative of the bandits have taken over.
“No. I know many areas in Nigeria both in the South and the North where these kinds of things happen. So, it is not the same thing.”