by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Secretary to the District Head of Gora, Ayuba Bungon, and two other leaders of Atyap have been reported missing, a statement by the state internal security and home affairs commissioner, Mr Samuel Aruwan, has revealed.
The trio was reported missing after attending a meeting on Sunday, during which financial compensation was made for destruction of crops by cattle under the watch of a herder, according the state security update of Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021.
The statement averred that the leaders were traveling back in their own vehicle after the successful meeting before they went missing, and their car was later found vandalized and empty.
“The military and police are investigating the circumstances leading to the disappearance of some community leaders in Atyap Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf LGA.
The leaders went missing after a dispute resolution meeting on Sunday, during which financial compensation was made for destruction of crops by cattle under the watch of a herder, as reported to the Kaduna State Government by security agencies.
“According to the feedback, the Secretary to the District Head of Gora, Ayuba Bungon and others, who attended the successful meeting, went missing while traveling in his vehicle. The car was later found vandalized and empty.
“Troops on search-and-rescue missions later that night found the secretary, and handed him over safely to the police. Some arms and ammunition were also recovered in the general area in the course of search and rescue.
“Moreover, two other leaders, who went missing were reported to have escaped from their captors on Monday and were also found by troops conducting search operations. They were identified as Yusuf Dauda and Gomna Audu.
“The two, according to the military, were confirmed to be in a good state of health, and were handed over to the police.
“Three community leaders are still missing. They are: Ardo Pate Usman Kurmi (Wakilin Fulanin Atyap Chiefdom), Ardo Muhammadu Anchau – Yakubu Muhammadu.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the feedback with gratitude and urged the troops to sustain the pace of operations, and appealed to the Atyap Chiefdom, as well as families and relations of the missing leaders to remain calm, as security agencies continue with investigations and search-and-rescue operations,” the statement stressed.