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SOKAPU faults Kaduna security report, insists 67 Adara villagers kidnapped

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Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has faulted the state government’s security update, saying that it neglected the kidnap of 67 Adara villagers by the Fulani militia.

SOKAPU pointed out that the government’s update was not a true reflection of the security situation in the state.

The union’s spokesman, Luka Binniyat, stated: “For reasons not clear to SOKAPU, Kaduna State Government did not include in its Daily Security Update the abduction of 67 Adara villagers from Libere Gari Village, Kallah ward, Kajuru Local Council, in the southern part of Kaduna last Tuesday night by persons identified by the villagers as armed Fulani militia.”

According to him, the gunmen, who arrived the village around 11p.m., shot sporadically in the air to scare the villagers as they take their victims from one compound to another in the two-hour unchallenged operation.

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His words: “One of the most affected is the village head of Libere, Mr. Bala Yero. His wives and children numbering 16 were kidnapped. Ten of the kidnapped persons were able to escape the following day. No person was killed and no property was destroyed.

“There are now 48 females, including girls and 17 males under the custody of the kidnappers. The kidnappers are yet to contact family members at the time of writing the statement.”

Binniyat added that the gunmen also attacked Unguwan Mission Kasuwan and Magani yesterday morning and kidnapped eight persons, including a pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist.

“The criminals have made contact with some of the family members and are asking for N30 million before their release,” he disclosed.

Kaduna government’s competence in battling the crime, he asserted, seems to be in its daily reportage of the evil, which is on the rise with each passing day.

He stressed the union’s belief that with the millions of naira deducted from the monthly allocation of affected local council in the name of security, “if channelled to train and empower our youths as disciplined vigilante groups, they can assist the police and the military to curtail this evil, which has reached a genocidal proportion. But that won’t happen.”

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