BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – Bandits suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have sacked 10 communities in Chikun and Brinin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna state.
This is just as about 35 persons have been reportedly killed by the bandits with 58 others abducted and yet to be released.
The bandits who have established communication links with the relatives of the abducted persons are said to be demanding a ransom of N100m.
These were announced at the refugee camp at Ungwar Beji, Gora Goran in Chikun Local Government Area by the National President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union (SOKAPU), Hon. Jonathan Asake, who called on the federal and Kaduna state governments to immediately come to the aid of the victims.
Asake also called on the international community, individuals and organisations to render assistance to the victims that are desirous of means of livelihood.
The SOKAPU President said; “As you can see from the way these people are, they are seriously traumatized and needed immediate assistance to be able to hold on.
“We have been told that the suspected bandits destroyed all their farm products and also destroyed their houses leaving them with nothing to call their own.
“Here at Ungwar Beji, there are about 200 of them with no food, beds or clothes while we are also being told that about 8,000 of them have converged at Buruku with nothing on them.
“Worst of all, most of the children are sick. This calls for concern on all people of good will to come to their aid in any kind in order to give them hope of survival before steps could be taken on the area of their education.”
In his own remarks, Pastor Habila Madama, who led them out from the bandits attacks, said their attackers came since on Monday, January 6, 2020, killing, maiming and abducting their loved ones unabated till date without any assistance from the state government or any security agency.
Madam said the bandits started with the destruction of their farmlands, stressing that they are left with nothing because they (Fulanis) will come with their cattle and overtake and destroy everything in the farms.
He called on the federal and Kaduna state governments to take necessary steps to intervene in the situation they found themselves, saying, “As it is now, we don’t know where to go, what do we feed on, where do we get clothes to wear especially our little ones and worst of all, where do we lay our heads?”
He said concerted efforts must be taken by the authorities concerned in order to ensure sanity in their communities to enable some of them return to their ancestral homes to start life afresh.