By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has while insisting on a thorough cordon and search in Zango.Urban to rid it of banditry, has tasked military authorities in the country to investigate allegations that it’s personnel connive with bandits to attack communities.
SOKAPU expressed this in a 7-point demand contained in the text of press briefing by its President, Honourable Jonathan Asake, dated July 22, 2021.
“We call on the military authorities to investigate claims by attacked villagers over alleged involvement of their personnel that may have compromised their neutrality so as to preserve the reputation and confidence Nigerians have in them,” it said.
SOKAPU also demanded that government must set up machinery to bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to book, return displaced communities to their homelands, rehabilitate and compensate displaced persons.
“Government should build IDP camps and direct NEMA, SEMA, among other agencies, to provide relief materials to displaced people,” they requested.
SOKAPU also called on the government to facilitate the formation of Civilian JTF across their communities to forestall incidences of fake security personnel going into them to unleash terror attacks on their people.
“We call on relevant security agencies to carry out a cordon-and-search operation in the Hausa-Fulani settler community of Zangon Kataf town where these attackers are said to operate from as it was done in Ladduga in 2014 with a view to retrieving deadly weapons in their possessions,” they further demanded.
The group said that it is their considered view that the intractable security situation is due to the unwillingness by Governor el-Rufai to tackle the security challenges headlong.
“We therefore, call on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on Kaduna State,” they said.
They also called on the Federal Government to immediately declare these armed Fulani Herdsmen, Kidnappers, bandits or whatever name they parade they are called as Terrorists.
“In conclusion, let me state here for the umpteenth time loud and clear, that whoever comes to our communities, either as individual or group, to kill, maim, rape, destroy and displace our people and take over our homelands, no matter how long it takes, every square inch of our lands will be recovered by our generation or future generations,” they declared.