by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
There is now uncertainty and anxiety in Adaraland over the missing of twelve Adara youths after an attack by ‘herdsmen’ in Kikwari Village, in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.
A statement issued and signed by national public relations officer of Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, Mr Luka Binniyat, on Tuesday stated that the attack came four hours after a meeting between critical stakeholders and commissioner of internal security and home affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, on security situation in the areas.
SOKAPU stated that the Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs convened the meeting of critical stakeholders of Kajuru Local Government Area in Kajuru Town on Saturday, 25th April, 2020, around 11:00 am.
The union stated that the commissioner was tough on the resolve of the government of Governor Nasiru el-Rufai of Kaduna state to “deal decisively with persons or groups engaged in violence in the enclave.”
According to the union, the governor also warned against what he called ‘self-help,’ insisting that any person or community that came under attack must report to the police for the law to take its course.
“To make a mockery of the stern resolve of Kaduna state government, four hours later, armed herdsmen stormed Kikwari Village, Kajuru LGA, and shot three persons and carted away livestock and foodstuff in large quantities as residents fled for dear lives.
“Those killed are: Ado Maisamari, 56, married with 8 children; Titus Amos, 27, married with 3 children and Habila Amos, 25, married with 1 child. Till date, the murderers are roaming free.
“All the villagers, numbering over a thousand are now taking refuge with relations in nearby towns under tough conditions in this grim period of coronavirus lockdown,” it stated.
SOKAPU continued that, “Meanwhile, three Adara youths have been reportedly killed by persons fully kitted in army uniform in cohort with armed herdsmen. “After the attack, 12 Adara youths were also taken away, while a few managed to escape.”
The statement stressed that, Adara youths from different villages had coordinated themselves into a vigilante group to guard their villages on the day armed herdsmen wrought destruction and deaths on Kujeni Village, Kajuru LGA, on the 23rd of April, 2020.
“They were attacked on the outskirt of Kujeni by a band of men fully dressed in army uniform and also well armed. Among them were equally armed herdsmen, who were herding away some cattle probably rustled from somewhere. Those killed are: Maigida Maisama, Yahuda Mallam and Bulus Danzaria.
“As the overpowered youths made bids to escape, some were rounded up and herded into the vast forest.
“Till date no one has any information about their conditions. No one is sure, if they are dead or alive and in what condition. There is now uncertainty and anxiety in Adaraland over the disappearance of these resourceful youths,” SOKAPU stated.
The youths in the hands of their abductors are, according to the SOKAPU include Bako Machu, Isaiah Bako, Timothy Musa, Hakuri Maigid, Apolo Ali, Emmanuel Maikasa
Haruna Dogo, Titus Ahmadu, Caleb Bakinpa, Tanimu Ami, Samuel Usman and Maigida Gamashewa, respectively.
The body, therefore, called on Kaduna and the federal government to assist in the search for its missing young men to reduce the mounting tension in Adara communities.
They also appealed to Kaduna state government to enforce its resolve in “dealing with all evil doers,” who do not wish Adaraland peace and progress.