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Terrorists ‘ban’ political activities in Kaduna communities

…To bring down democratic plan.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A terrorist group, known as ‘Ansaru Militants,’ has reportedly ‘banned’ political activities in some communities in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Chairman of Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union (BEPU), Ishaq Kasai, confirmed the development in a statement issued to newsmen on Monday in Kaduna.

Mr. Kasai said politicians from the affected communities usually go far away secretly to neighbouring communities before they hold political meetings.

He also stated that the terrorists group and their recruits are of the belief that they will bring the present democratic government down.

According to him, “The terrorists group has continued to gain acceptance from many members of the communities, particularly in old Kuyello and Damari communities in Kazage Ward.

“The Ansaru and the recruits are of the belief that their numerical strength will help them to bring the present democratic government down,” he said.

Mr. Kasai added thus: “Presently, the Ansaru are going round distributing memory cards to the locals, which contain their beliefs and doctrine.”

“A disturbing scenario is where the group banned all political activities in many communities such as Damari of Kazage Ward.

“Politicians from these communities have to go far away secretly to the neighbouring communities before they hold political meetings.

“For instance, this week, an Okada rider who lives in Ungwar Makera of Kazage Ward was seen with a sticker of one of the candidates vying for the Kaduna State House of Assembly, and he was thoroughly beaten by the Ansaru.

“People in these communities are now disenchanted and frustrated about participating in political activities.

“We don’t know how the coming elections will take place in those areas, because even the last local government election in Kaduna State did not hold in those communities due to the escalating insecurity.

“In short, the Ansaru are now in-charge of many of the communities in the area and the group is expanding its occupation. “The terrorists now call the shots and determine what is to be done in the villages they are dominating,” it stated.

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