SOKAPU Says Suspected Gunmen Abduct Pastor’s 5 Children, Others In Kaduna

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna


The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), has raised an alarm of increased kidnapping and other criminal activities on its people on the outskirts of Kaduna metropolis.
It noted that of recent, five (5) members of Pastor Istifanus Tiswan’s family of Christ Embassy Church, Karji in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State and two others were kidnapped.
A statement from SOKAPU’s spokesman, Luka Binniyat gave the names of victims as Faith Tiswan, Godsgift Tiswan, Ruth Tiswan, Damaris Tiswan and Michelle Tiswan while Haruna Barde, who was also kidnapped had escaped violence from his native village to take refuge in Karji as an IDP.
Till date, according to the statement, the kidnappers are yet to make contacts, stressing that Kidnapping of their members is almost on daily basis has become a source of severe worry for residents living on the fringes of Buyaya, Maraban Rido, Gonin Gora, Karji and Unguwan Juji, all suburbs of Kaduna in Chikun local government area.
The statement recalled that on the 6th of October, 2020, 4 Gbagyi men were killed by armed killers who, surviving victims and witnesses described as armed Fulani men.  
It said the men were ambushed and killed in Dande village, which is part of Kasaya village, in Kunai ward of Chikun local government area with their names as John Musa, 45, married with 9 children; Habila Ibrahim, 42, husband of two wives and father of 9; Maikudi Wasa, 25, single and Samaila Audu, married to two wives and father of 7 children.
It explained that David Umaru, 27 was injured, pointing out that the audacity of kidnappers and sundry criminals is on the rise in areas populated by their members while those that could bear the situation have abandoned their homes to take refuge in safer areas.
The statement explained that natives of Katarma, Chikun ward are fleeing in droves across Kaduna river and taking refuge with their Gbagyi tribesmen in Sarkin Pawa town, in neighboring Niger State as a result of fresh assaults over their community.

The statement explained that between 2019 and 2020, the following villages that have been displaced by suspected Fulani militias as Kunai Ward Kudo (Dau), Sunusi Dnakwala, Galu,  Aguyita, Galuko, Galiwyi, Atopi, Onkoru, Anguwan, Badole, Manini, Hayin Damisa,  Anguwan Nyako, Badimi, Gnashi, Sarari , Giji,  Dnapagbe, Badimi, Shelbula, Rafin yashi,
Sabongida, Rafinyashi, Anguwan Amos, Manini,  Hayin Dakachi Manini, Madalla, Abon, Kawuya.
Others are Gayam Ward in Birnin Gwari LGA Bordering Kunai in Chikun local government area are Rumanan Gbagyi,  Rumanan Hausa,  Malamo, Labi, Hayin Kozo, Muya, Shuwaka, Polwaya, Kaguru, Kasko, Nasarawa Kaguru and  Dabbara Kaguru.
SOKAPU, however, appreciated the effort of Operation Safe Haven under the Command of Maj. Gen. Chukwuemeka  Okonkwo, who stationed enough of his men in Zangan District, in Atakad Chiefdom, Kaura local government area to make it possible for displaced Atakad IDPs to returned to their 9 abandoned communities, adding that it has reduced the numbers of the occupied territories from 109 to 101.

The Southern Kaduna people lamented that under this unspeakable atrocity against a large area of kaduna state, Governor Nasir el-Rufai has never visited any of the ravaged villages, stressing that Kaduna state and the federal governments do not concern whether these citizens don’t exist, and if they do, they don’t matter.
The people noted, “It is with shock and bewilderment that we read the visits of our governor, His Excellency, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to far away Lagos last week while touring some of the damaged property during the #EndSars demonstration which was violently hijacked by mobsters. Our Governor said that he was almost moved to tears when he saw the scale of the destruction of both private and public property.
“We are surprise that our governor has tears to shed and can show some humanity on someone’s else tragedy, not the more humungous  one that bothers on genocide and physical destruction of no less magnitude right in his state.”

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