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27 women, 4 boys abducted by bandits in Southern Kaduna

27 women and four boys were recently abducted in Southern Kaduna, according to the women’s wing of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU).

This was stated in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna on Monday by the National Coordinator, Mrs. Jemutu Katarma.

The statement claims that hundreds of communities in southern Kaduna have been looted, some have been taken over by robbers, and numerous people have been left homeless.

“May I use this opportunity to warmly greet the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, His Excellency, Sen. Uba Sani, and his deputy, our dear sister, Dr. Sabuwa Hadiza Balarabe, and express our goodwill to them on behalf of the entire women of Southern Kaduna?”

“After closely observing the policies, words, and actions of Gov. Uba Sani since he came to power in May 2023, we have good reasons to believe that he has come to restore hope, confidence, and unity to the state.

“We also see him working with the Federal Government to help solve the serious challenge of the security of lives and property of citizens of Kaduna State.”

“It is based on this belief that we are encouraged to use this medium to send him an SOS message on very disturbing security matters, part of which he inherited, and to plead for his urgent intervention.

“As you may all be aware by now, Southern Kaduna is made up of the 8 Local Government Areas of Kaduna South Senatorial Zone, plus Lere LGA in Kaduna North Senatorial Zone, including Kajuru and Chikun LGAs in Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone,” she stated.

Out of these 12 LGAs in Southern Kaduna, only three, according to the Southern Kaduna ladies, have not seen violence and crimes by armed groups, particularly bandits and armed herders, who have slaughtered thousands of people, set homes on fire, and kidnapped hundreds of people.

“Hundreds of our villages have been sacked, and some have been taken over by bandits. Even the immediate past government of the state has been reporting these atrocities to the press every quarter of each year.

“Our people, especially women and children in their thousands, are rendered IDPs. It is usually women and children that suffer the most during such displacements.”

“May I state that it is true that the past government did not show much compassion or interest in assisting us with these evils that have happened to our people?

“We did not get a good deal at all. Out of the 12 LGAs of Southern Kaduna, Kachia, Kajuru, and Chikun are, in our belief, the worst that suffer at the hands of kidnappers. And women and children are their main targets.

“Of particular note, we want to bring to the attention of His Excellency, Gov. Uba Sani, a terrible development that happened to his citizens on October 2, 2023, in Kachuwe, close to Sarkin Pawa in Niger State.

“After their villages suffered several invasions from bandits in Chikun, they decided to move to Kachuwe, which they thought was safer to start life all over again by farming.”

“Unfortunately, armed bandits stormed the village on October 2, 2021, and killed 13 male adults and a young girl. Among those killed is a grandfather: (1) Baba Barda Kariya.

“The names of the rest are: (2) Ali Nariya, (3) Zakariya Nariya, (4) Markus Nariya, (5) John Nariya, and (6) Haruna Nariya. Others are: (7) Iko Ali, (8) Vincent Ali, (9) Amos Zakariya, (10) Habila Zakariya, (11) Smalis Markus, (12) Timothy John, (13) Victor Markus, and (14) Godiya Markus, the only female killed.”

“After committing the crime, they looted the village of foodstuffs and animals. They then burned down the village. They spared the lives of the old women and sick old men. Then they took away the following females and boys: Grace Ali 25 yrs, Kauna Ali 22 yrs, Murna Ali 18 yrs, Tera Ali 3 yrs, Rahila Shagari 18 yrs, Sunday Zakaria 17 yrs, Leonard Zakaria 10 yrs, Lucy Zakaria 11 yrs, Blessing Zakaria 13 yrs, Charles Haruna 10 yrs, Tina Amos 27 yrs, Desire Amos 7 yrs, Success Amos 3, and Yemi Benjamin 27 yrs.”

“Let me sadly inform you that Kauna Ali became very sick at the hands of the bandit last year. With no medical care, she died. We got the sad news from one of the kidnapped girls via a phone call from the bandits’ phone. No one knows where the corpse is as of today.

“It is also important to note that Yemi Benjamin was heavy with her first pregnancy because she was newly married.

“After they were kidnapped, the bandits made demands for a ransom. But they later refused to take the ransom.

“A month later, after Yemi Benjamin gave birth in the bush, they gave her the phone to call and inform her in-laws that she had a baby girl.”

“Also note that 3 and 10-year-old boys were among those that were kidnapped and are still with the bandits.

“It has now been 12 months since it was heard from them. And it has been 2 years, on October 2, 2023, that they have been in the hands of their abductors.

“It is a very horrible experience for the relatives of these captives to live day and night not knowing the fate of their loved ones.”

“Again, on Saturday, October 7, 2023, in Chikuri village, in Chikun LGA, bandits entered Maikudi farms where villagers were working on portions of the farm that they rented from the owner.

“Bandits attacked the farm and kidnapped 14 women and a boy. Among the women are 54-year-old Mrs. Lydia Dogara and her 20-year-old daughter, Linda Dogara.”

“Therefore, we can confirm that at least 27 women and girls and 4 boys who are citizens of Kaduna State from Chikun LGA are in the hands of kidnappers, with one already dead.

“They are, however, just some other victims that may also be suffering the same fate in the state.”

“We are therefore passionately calling on the Kaduna State government, under the able leadership of Sen. Uba Sani, to explore the excellent working relationship he enjoys with the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa, and other security chiefs to do all it will take to return these women and children home.

“Or at least furnish us with information about their fate,” the statement added. 

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