SOKAPU Laments Abduction, Jailing Of Southern Kaduna People

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By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, (SOKAPU), has lamented the non-inclusion of 67 abducted persons from Adara villages from Libere Gari village, Kallah ward, Kajuru Local Government Area by the Kaduna State Government.
The SOKAPU spokesman, Luka Binniyat, in a statement explained that the gunmen who arrived at the village around 11pm went about shooting in the air to scare the villagers as they captured their victims from compound to compound, spending two hours unchallenged. 
The statement explained, “One of the most affected is the village head of Libere,  Mr Bala Yero, his wives and children  numbering 16 were among the kidnapped.”
The statement explained that no person was killed and no property was destroyed in the Libere Gari crime, adding that there are 48 females, including small girls and 17 males under the criminal custody of the kidnappers.
According to the statement, the kidnappers are yet to make contact with family members.
The statement said that the gunmen attacked Unguwan Mission, Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru Local Government Area, stressing that 8 persons were kidnapped, among  them a Pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist. 
It explained that the criminals have made contact with some of the family members and are asking for N30 million before their release.

It lamented that last Wednesday, two nurses namely, Afiniki Bako and Grace Nkut at Idon rural hospital in the same Kajuru Local Government Area were kidnapped, not far from a military checkpoint.

The statement recalled that a private University, Greenfield University, in Chikun Local Government Area, also part of Southern Kaduna, located about 30 km from Kaduna town on the Kaduna – Abuja expressway was invaded and at least 23 students, mostly girls were kidnapped while the kidnappers are asking for N800m as ransom.

It noted that in addition, 29 students of Federal School of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna have now spent over 40 days in captivity in the hands of their kidnappers who are asking for N500m cash in exchange for their freedom.

The statement explained that these are just a small part of the daily kidnapping, murder and arson going on in  Kaduna State, especially in the Kajuru and Chikun part of Southern Kaduna.

The forum observed that the Kaduna State government’s competence in battling the crime seems to be in its daily reportage of the evil which is on the rise with each passing day, regretting that the double standard of Governor Nasir el-Rufai does not seem to help matters at all. 

It said, “It was el-Rufai who in 2016 came up on National Television and defended why he traced killer herdsmen who were carrying out genocide  in Southern Kaduna.”

The statement noted that he (Gov. El-Rufai) followed them to their various countries and ‘compensated’ them with the understanding  that they would not return to the same  crime, saying that he even said he was ready to pay any group planning to kill any Kaduna state indigene if that would make it stop the crime. 

According to the statement, “In fact, with the hundreds of people killed in Southern Kaduna since 2015 and scores of villages destroyed, el-Rufai himself has confirmed that he has not visited a single attacked Southern Kaduna community.

“We believe that there is an agenda to capture more territories and plant a new Fulani population ahead of the 2023 general elections and we believe that Kaduna State Government under Nasir el-Rufai is culpable for his inaction and lack of interest in our wellbeing.”
It explained that today marks 24 days of incarceration of 15 Atyap leaders from Atyap Chiefdom in Zangon Kataf LGA in Southern Kaduna in the hands of the Kaduna State Police Command Headquarters without  bail or arraignment before a court of law.

SOKAPU called on volunteers, legal experts, relevant Civil Society Organisations, Non Governmental Organisations, the international community  men and women of conscience to help them secure their release and ask for damages accrued to them, as these villagers are too poor and ignorant to pursue justice for themselves.

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