A group of Armed Bandits, who sacked 10 communities in Chikun and Birnin Gwari local government areas of Kaduna State have asked for a ransom of One Hundred Million Naira (N100M) to free 58 hostages they had held since 6th January, 2020.
The disclosure was made by Jonathan Asake, the President of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, when he visited a camp of displaced persons from the attack at the uncompleted Community Secondary School, Unguwan Bije, Gonin Gora.
A pastor and leader of the displaced community Habila Sarkin Noma Rumana, said the attackers are well known to the security in the state and they are Fulani. We’ve been under attack in the past but we always find ways of surviving them, what we know is that the attackers are well armed and are Fulani.
They would graze on our crops and threaten to kill us if we protest. Sometimes they would attack and take captives. We will manage and pay ransoms. Even after paying, sometimes they kill the victims.
But this one that took place on 6th January, 2020 was the worst ever. Hundreds of armed gunmen invaded about 10 of our villages at the same time. They carried out deadly attacks and looted our villages.
At the last count, between 34 to 36 people were killed. In fact, 58 people were kidnapped from what the kidnappers said. But we still can’t account for many, who are hiding in the forest and bushes.
Rumana added that, the kidnappers have called. They say we must produce One Hundred Million Naira (N100M) as ransom if we want to have them alive. I don’t know how they expect us to raise that money.
They stole our cattle, looted our valuables, stole and burnt our grains. We escaped by the grace of God. The President of SOKAPU called on the Government of Federal Republic of Nigeria to urgently save the people of Southern Kaduna from the attacks he said were intentional.
The President of SOKAPU also called on the international community and non-governmental organisations to assist and come to their aid.