Youths, women protest armed banditry in Kaduna
Hundreds of youths and women came out, yesterday, to protest the frequent activities of armed bandits in the Kaduna State. Only yesterday, 21 persons were kidnaped and one killed by kidnappers in Kakau community.
The unfortunate incident, which occurred on Friday midnight, forced several people in the neighborhood of Kakau and Gonigora to Kaduna-Abuja Highway where they barred vehicles from coming into the metropolis.
Angry residents of Anguwar Magaji in Chikun Council of the state also blocked the ever-busy highway to protest the killing of a 13-year girl by marauding bandits.
Members of the community said the protest was done to draw attention of the government to constant attacks on the community by bandits.
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) was also on hand to lend support for the angry protesters. One of the angry protesters told The Guardian they could no longer tolerate the unprovoked attacks from bandits, who had prevented them from going to their farms and now coming to attack them at home.
According to him, “we are tired of attacks by bandits, we cannot go to our farms and yet they will follow us to our homes to abduct us for ransom. They killed a 13-year-old girl, a security man in the village as well as abducted other residents including the family of the village head.
“All we are saying is that, we want security or we should be allowed to protect ourselves against the bandits.” When our correspondent visited the scene, the angry protesters insisted that no one would pass. They also shunned the security personnel who were appealing to them to reopen the road.
In his reaction, SOKAPU’s spokesman, Luka Binniyat, said that the state government “has demonstrated its insincerity and unseriousness in handling of the ugly situation.”
Binniyat said: “Seventy-seven Adara natives were kidnapped on the May 22, 2021 in Libere Village, Kallah Ward, Kajuru LGA. Mum was the response of state government. Thirty-six are still in captivity after some families paid for the freedom of their relations.”
According to him, “Anguwan Madaki, a suburb of Kaduna, about 7km from Government House, Kaduna, was attacked last night and 21 Gbagyi natives taken away by persons that were identified as armed Fulani men.”
The SOKAPU spokesman gave the name of the girl that was killed as Yossie Timothy Adamu, saying, “her father, Timothy Adamu and his wife, Saratu Adamu were taken away in the Unguwan Madaki attack of last night (Friday).”
Meanwhile, the Kaduna Police spokesman, ASP Muhammed Jalige, told The Guardian on telephone: “We have deployed our men to calm the situation and to sit with the community leaders. Our men are still there. We are yet to ascertain the numbers of those kidnaped. We want to sit with the community leaders first. We are on top of the situation.”
No comments yet