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Bandits abduct 27 women, four boys in Kaduna

About 27 women and four boys were alleged to have been abducted in southern Kaduna.

The women’s wing of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, who stated this on Monday in a statement,  urged the authorities concerned to do something to rescue the abductees unhurt.

The National Women Coordinator, SOPAPU, Mrs Jemutu Katarma, said the incident occurred on October 2, 2023, noting that the abductees were still in the hands of the kidnappers.

The statement also stated that hundreds of villages in southern Kaduna have been sacked and some taken over by bandits while many people have been rendered homeless.

The statement said out of these 12 Local Government Areas in Southern Kaduna, only about three of them have not suffered violence and crimes from armed groups, especially bandits and armed herdsmen, as thousands have been killed, houses burnt and hundreds have been kidnapped.

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It partly read, “After closely observing the policies, words and actions of Governor Uba Sani since he came to power in May 2023, we have good reasons to believe that he has come to restore hope, confidence and unity to the state. We also see him working with the Federal Government in helping to solve the serious challenge of the security of lives and property of citizens of Kaduna State.

“It is based on this belief that we are encouraged to use this medium to send him an SoS message on very disturbing security matters, part of which he inherited, and to plead for his urgent intervention.

As you may all be aware by now, Southern Kaduna is made up of the eight Local Government Areas of Kaduna South senatorial zone, plus Lere LGA in Kaduna North senatorial zone including Kajuru and Chikun LGAs in Kaduna Central senatorial zone.”

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She stated further, “The Southern Kaduna women explained that out of these 12 LGAs of Southern Kaduna, only about three have not suffered violence and crimes from armed groups, especially bandits and armed herdsmen, as thousands have been killed, houses burnt and hundreds have been kidnapped.

“Hundreds of our villages have been sacked and some taken over by bandits. Even the immediate past government of the state has been reporting these atrocities to the press every quarter of each year. Our people, especially women and children in their thousands are rendered as IDPs. It is usually women and children who suffer the most during such displacements.

“May I state that it is true that the past government did not show much compassion or interest in assisting us with these evils that have happened to our people? We did not get a good deal at all. Out of the 12 LGAs of Southern Kaduna, Kachia, Kajuru, and Chikun are, in our belief, the worst that suffer at the hands of kidnappers. And women and children are their main targets.”

The statement added, “Of particular note, we want to bring to the attention of His Excellency, Gov Uba Sani about a terrible development that happened to his citizens on 2nd October 2023 in Kachuwe, close to Sarkin Pawa in Niger State. After their villages suffered several invasions from bandits in Chikun, they decided to move to Kachuwe which they thought was safer to start life all over again by farming.

“Unfortunately, armed bandits stormed the village on 2nd October 2023 and killed 13 male adults and a young girl. Among those killed is a grandfather (1) Baba Barda Kariya. The names of the rest are (2) Ali Nariya, (3) Zakariya Nariya (4) Markus Nariya, (5) John Nariya, and (6) Haruna Nariya.Others are (7) Iko Ali, (8) Vincent Ali, (9) Amos Zakariya, (10) Habila Zakariya, (11) Smalis Markus, (12) Timothy John (13) Victor Markus and (14) Godiya Markus, the only female killed.

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“After committing the crime, they looted the village of foodstuffs and animals. They then burnt down the village. They spared the lives of the old women and sick old men. Then they took away the following females and boys. Grace Ali 25 yrs, Kauna Ali. 22 yrs,. Murna Ali 18 yrs,Tera Ali 3 yrs, Rahila Shagari 18yrs,Sunday Zakaria 17yrs, Leonard Zakaria 10 yrs,Lucy Zakaria 11yrs., Blessing Zakaria 13yrs, Charles Haruna 10yrs, Tina Amos 27yrs, Desire Amos 7yrs, Success Amos 3 and Yemi Benjamin 27yrs.

“Let me sadly inform you, that Kauna Ali became very sick in the hands of the bandit last year. With no medical care, she died. We got the sad news from one of the kidnapped girls via a phone call from the bandits’ phone. No one knows where the corpse is as of today.”

The statement stated, “It is also important to note that Yemi Benjamin was heavy with her first pregnancy because she was newly married.

“After they were kidnapped, the bandits made demands for a ransom. But they later refused to take the ransom. A month later, after Yemi Benjamin gave birth in the bush. They gave her the phone to call and inform her in-laws that she had a baby girl.

“Also note that a 3 and 10-year-old boys were among those that were kidnapped and still with the bandits. It is now 12 months since it was heard from them. And it is 2 years on the 2nd October 2023 that they have been in the hands of their abductors. It is a very horrible experience for the relations of these captives to live day and night not knowing the fate of their loved ones.”

She added in the statement that “On Saturday, 7th October 2023, in Chikuri village, in Chikun LGA, bandit entered Maikudi farms where villagers were working on portions of the farm that they rented from the owner. Bandits attacked the farm and kidnapped 14 women and a boy. Among the women are 54-year-old Mrs Lydia Dogara and her 20-year-old daughter, Linda Dogara.

“Therefore, we can confirm that at least 27 women and girls and 4 boys who are citizens of Kaduna state from Chikun LGA are in the hands of kidnappers, with one already dead. They are however just some other victims that may also be suffering the same fate in the state.

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“We are therefore passionately calling on the Kaduna State government under the able leadership of Sen. Uba Sani to explore the excellent working relationship he enjoys with the Chief of Defense Staff, Gen. Christopher Musa and other security chiefs do all it will take to return these women and children home. Or at least furnish us with information about their fate.”

Meanwhile, there was no official confirmation from either the state or the state police command as there was no response from the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mansur Hassan as a call to his mobile telephone rang out. Also, he did not respond to the text message by our correspondent.


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