by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
As numbers of herdsmen terrorists’ attacks and killings skyrocketed, some displaced and homeless indigenes of the terrorists-ravaged communities in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state, mostly affected by the storm, have taken to streets and residences, beginning for alms for survival.
Investigation revealed that majority of those involved in the acts of the street begging are women and children, who came all the way from Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state into the state capital.
Our correspondent, who monitored the trends in Sabon Tasha, Angwan Boro in Kaduna suburb and environs, reported that the affected people moved from residence-to-residence, begging for anything for feeding after introduction.
Our correspondent, who is also a star witness, quoted one of them, who accosted him as saying, “Good morning; I am Adara woman. Please, help us with anything to eat; we are hungry. God bless you.”
According to our reporter, some of the sympathetic, pale and ill-looking victims sometimes pushed their way into unlocked premises and began to knock on doors of residents for assistance, especially in the morning and afternoon hours.
Adara, who are majorly indigenes and inhabitants of Kajuru local government area, a distance of about 70 killomters from the Kaduna metropolis, have consistently been ravaged by attacks, killings and displacement by purported ‘herdsmen.’
All efforts to get the reactions of the leadership of Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, proved abortive as both the body’s president and spokesman, Hon Jonathan Asake and Luka Binniyat, respectively, could not respond to enquiry.
However, one of the victims, who spoke to our reporter with running cheeks, said she lost her husband in one of the many attacks sometimes ago.
Recalled that SOKAPU has consistently appealed to Kaduna state and federal government as well as the international community to come to their aid in supporting increasing IDPs with relieves and medical assistance.
A replica of begging incidents are also met in some parts of Kaduna North where teenagers deprived of the Almajiri system (of street begging) now sweep round strategic areas in town with objects in hand, pretending to be looking for odd jobs of washing and cleaning of cars and other things to do for a living.