by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
No more than 20 persons have been reportedly killed and many others injured and missing in Adara in Kaduna state in a fresh attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
A statement issued and signed by national president of Adara Development Association, Awemi Dii Maisamari, and made available to journalists in Kaduna this Friday states that, “women, children, the sick and the elderly are fleeing with the little belongings they could salvage.
“As at this afternoon, 20 persons have been killed, several others are injured or missing. We simply lack the words to properly describe the atmosphere of anarchy and despair that is fast taking root in our communities with women, children, the sick and the elderly fleeing with the little belongings they can salvage.
“Our brutalized, dehumanized, terrified and traumatized community members are reeling in pains, ever wondering why this contrived anarchy is still being condoned by the powers that be,” it added.
Maisamari further stated that “It’s indeed very sad but not surprising that the terrorist/jihadist war on Adara nation has continued ferociously in year 2020.
“From January to 22/5/2020, the killings, maiming, burning, looting and kidnappings have continued unabated from village-to-village. Within the period, there have been 63 terrorist attacks and kidnapping incidents; more than 107 people killed, about 49 persons injured, more than 66 men/women/girls abducted for ransom, more than 111 houses burnt, another whole 32 villages destroyed and 20,000 persons displaced (especially in the last two weeks).
“There have been daily attacks and destruction from Monday to Thursday in the remote settlements of Magunguna, Idazo, Ungwan Galadima, Ungwan Guza, Etissi, Ungwan Ma’aji, Ungwan Dantata, Ungwan Araha 1 & 2, Ungwan Goshi, Ungwan Shaban, Ungwan Jibo, Ungwan Maijama’a, Ungwan Sako, Ungwan Maidoki and Ungwan Masaba. These are all satellite settlements of Kallah, Libere and Gefe towns.
“We have since realized that the usual silence of government when most of these atrocities are being committed actually means consent,” it stated.