SOKAPU delivers relief materials to terror victims in Kaduna
Leaders of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) have delivered relief materials to victims of the recent terror attack in four villages of Kajuru Local Council in Kaduna State, where 32 people lost their lives.
Terrorists, last week, attacked Maikori, Dogo Noma, Ungwan Sarki and Sabo Gida communities in Kajuru.
At the weekend, SOKAPU moved a trailer-load of assorted relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the communities.
Speaking with journalists before moving the relief materials to the communities, SOKAPU President, Jonathan Asake, expressed worry over the incessant killings of Southern Kaduna people by terrorists.
He described the attacks and killings as genocide to wipe out the indigenes.
Asake expressed gratitude to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, for assisting IDPs in the state, adding that it was from the N200 million Wike donated to victims of terrorism that the relief materials were bought.
Wike had, during his campaign for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket, donated N200 million to IDPs in the state. The money had since been shared between northern and southern parts of the state.
Asake said: “We are worried over the continuous attack on our communities by Fulani herdsmen, who destroyed our farm land and massacred our people, mostly women and children, burnt down our homes, pushed our people out of their own land into IDPs camps.
“On Sunday, June 5, 2022, an attack took place in four communities. At the end of the attack, no fewer than 32 persons were killed and razed, including two Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) churches, and the people are scattered in different IDPs camps within the local council.”
According to him, some of the displaced people have reached SOKAPU for humanitarian intervention through their leaders and representatives.
He noted that Dogo Noma was attacked in 2019 and 71 persons were massacred.
“Other communities around had also suffered similar fate. But they have not in anyway received any help from the government, whether food or medication. So, there is a very huge humanitarian situation in these communities.
The people have come to us for help,” he added.
Meanwhile, a pastor, Dennis Sani of ECWA, said: “As at the time of the attack, 32 people were killed. But as I speak, many of our people are still missing. Government has not helped us since this thing happened. No security operative in the communities.
“We are, however, grateful to SOKAPU for coming to our aid with these relief materials.
Also, the youth leader in the affected communities, Chris Jonah, said: “We appreciate SOKAPU for the relief materials. Only God can reward them. We also want government to provide social amenities in our communities.
Government should do something to stop this banditry. It should begin to consider establishing security outpost like mobile police barracks in our communities to assist in curtailing insecurity that appears unending.”