Panic As Bandits Kidnap Emir Of Kajuru In Kaduna

July 12, 2021
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Again, bandits have abducted a second class Emir of Kajuru, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu and 14 others in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

The emir was kidnapped at his residence alongside family members when the bandits invaded the area at about 12:30am yesterday, shooting sporadically before whisking away their captives.

A credible source from the community said the Emir was taken away with 14 of his household, including three women, two of his grandchildren, three of his aides and six others.

The abduction of the emir of Kajuru and his family members is coming few days after about 121 students of Bethel Baptist High School, Damishi, and another 13 persons from Ungwan Gimbiya, all in Chikun local government area and others in Zaria local government area of Kaduna State, were abducted by bandits.

However, Kaduna State Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) ASP Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the attack and abduction of the emir, said only 10 members of the emir’s family were taken away with him.

According to the police spokesperson, who issued a statement on the abduction said, “The Kaduna Police Command through the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Kajuru, Kaduna, was in receipt of an unfortunate report on the kidnap of the Chief of Kajuru, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, in the early hours of today 11th July, 2021.

“The incident occurred about 0234hrs when arms wielding bandits in large numbers invaded Kajuru town, shot sporadically and gained access into the Chief’s residence where they abducted him and 10 members of his immediate family to an unknown destination.”

He said a joint patrol of the Police Mobile Force (PMF), conventional police and the Nigerian Army attached to Kajuru LGA are currently engaged in search and rescue mission around the forest for a possible rescue of the victims while IGP’s tactical units have been contacted for technical support.

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ASP Jalige further said the Command was saddened at the incident and was not relenting in ensuring lasting solution to the current upsurge of criminality in the state.

He called on members of the public to remain calm and always support the Police and other security agencies with credible information that will enable them curtail any possible attack on innocent citizens.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has described the early Sunday morning abduction of the Emir of Kajuru and family members as a joke taken too far.

The Speaker, who stated this through his special adviser on media and publicity, Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, said, “The news of the abduction of the Emir of Kajuru, and members of his family is a joke taken too far and stands condemnable.

“Traditional leaders play a key role in ensuring peaceful coexistence and stability of our society, hence the abductors are out to destabilise our society,” he said.

Zailani said in view of the emir’s important role in the society, security personnel should track the abductors and ensure all hostages are freed unharmed.

LEADERSHIP recalls that in October 2018, the Agom Adara, Chief Maiwada Galadima and his wife were kidnapped at Maikyali village along Kaduna -Kachia road in Kachia Local Government area of the state.

In that attack, some armed men intercepted the convoy of the traditional ruler and opened fire, forcing them to stop and in the process, his police orderly and three others in the convoy were shot dead. The bandits took away the royal father and his wife, Victoria, to unknown destination.

Although the wife was released eventually, the royal father was murdered by his abductors.

A former accountant general of the state and governorship  candidate on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the 2019 general elections, Haruna Y. Saeed, has written an open letter to Governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai and lawmakers representing the area, demanding urgent measures to stem the tide of kidnapping in the state.

In his open letter, he said, “Early Sunday morning, a gang of bandits laid siege on the town of Kajuru and targetted the symbol of traditional authority, the Emirate in particular, and bastardised the household and took the Emir along with 14 others, including women and children.

“I have chosen to write through this medium, first, due to the fact that my earlier letters which touched on insecurity were not acknowledged; secondly, to draw the attention of our silent representatives, Hon Samuel Uban Kato, Hon. Ishaku Chawaza, Hon Yakubu Barde, and Sen. Uba Sani, to their glaring nonchalant attitude since the escalation of the events around their constituencies, and the federal government for their handling of the security challenges, with a whole minister calling on people to defend themselves!

“I do agree that, with fewer than 150,000 military personnel on active duty and fewer than 450,000 on police roster and probably fewer than 30,000 on the Directorate of State  Services (DSS) and other security personnel, the country is undermanned based on our land mass and population. I do also agree that our equipment are inadequate.

“However, I do not agree that these gangs operating in the country freely outmatch the security personnel and the equipment we have.

“I may agree with Malan Nasir on non-payment of ransom to kidnappers. However, government has a responsibility to act whenever there is a situation. Bu to do nothing in an adverse situation has no place in governance.

“People held captive must be freed. There is no excuse and no explanation for anything else, (especially) if Americans can come and rescue one soul in our land and we cannot rescue hundreds.

“Our nation is under siege. Each state should have a War or Big Crime Situation Office to combat this menace. Except for North East that is facing Boko Haram, 10,000 (personnel) assigned personnel each for Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Niger and Kebbi to work in synergy should eliminate this threat. The personnel that are stationed mostly in and around flash points in these areas should have, by now, gathered enough intelligence for effective combat,” parts of his open letter read.

 Gunmen Abduct College Provost In Zamfara

Similarly, gunmen abducted the provost of the College of Agriculture and Animal Science, Bakura, Zamafara State, in the early hours of Sunday.

The elder brother of the provost, Mallam Nasiru Mainasara, confirmed the incident to Channels TV via telephone.

According to him, the gunmen attacked the Provost’s residence at the quarters of the Government Science Secondary School, Bakura, at about 2am.

Mainasara said the issue had been reported to the Police and the Department of State Services (DSS).

 Middle Belt Forum Seeks Emergency Rule in Kaduna

Meanwhile, the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) says it is deeply worried by the ugly security situation in the country, especially Kaduna State, and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the state.

According to the Middle Belt Forum, the rising spate of insecurity has continued to degenerate on a daily basis with communities across various local governments in Kaduna State under unending severe attacks resulting in mass kidnappings, gruesome massacres, raping of women and destruction of property.

A statement issued by the national president of the MBF, Dr Pogu Bitrus, said the incessant kidnappings was made worse by huge payments of ransom to secure the release of abducted persons and displacement of thousands of people from their homelands.

“Arising from the glaring failures by Governor el-Rufai to protect lives and property, the MBF is calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on Kaduna State as the governor has shown gross incapacity to maintain peace.

“We call on security forces to create necessary synergies with attacked communities through the establishment of local vigilante groups to track down these criminals that have declared war on our people.

“While the above scenario has become the new norm in Kaduna State, the political authorities seem either incapable of dealing with these security challenges or deliberately unwilling to stop the recurring bloody tide head-on, thereby suggesting complicity on their part.

“More worrisome is the fact that attacks by these killer herdsmen and Fulani kidnappers on defenceless communities have led to massive displacement of people from their ancestral lands, thereby creating a catastrophic humanitarian crisis situation and rendering farmers unable to access their farmlands for agricultural activities,” the MBF said.

The group lamented that current attacks on schools have also led to the withdrawal of pupils and students from schools or outright closure of such schools, with negative consequences of these on education and food security only to be imagined.

“On the other hand, kidnappers have taken over all the routes linking Kaduna State to other parts of the country where they have continued to unleash terror on road users. These criminals are not only engaged in abducting farmers from their farmlands, but have also resorted to breaking homes at night to abduct people. Sometimes, members of an entire family are kidnapped and herded into the forest where relatives of victims are forced to pay unimaginable amounts of money in ransom. Often times, some abducted persons are killed even after such ransoms are paid. This trend has triggered massive relocation of residents who now abandon homes they had built with retirement entitlements and now squat in crowded neighborhoods only waiting to be further invaded,”  the MBF said.

The group said in recent instances, two nurses were abducted from the Idon General Hospital in Kajuru LGA of Kaduna State on April 22, 2021 were released after payment of N10 million to the kidnappers.

“On Monday July 5, 2021, these daredevil kidnappers who have become brazen also launched an attack on the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria where they abducted 10 persons, including five nurses, infants and their mothers.

“On May 21 2021, about 77 members of the Libere community (including women and children) in Kajuru LGA were abducted when they returned to their ancestral land after taking refuge in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp since May 2020. This incident has never had any mention from the regular security updates routinely issued by the government of Kaduna State. As it stands, the abductors are demanding N350 million as ransom.

“At the weekend, Warka village in Zangon Kataf LGA was attacked and nine persons, including four children, three women were killed just as no fewer than 13 homes were completely razed down. Before the weekend, Kiboro village in the same local government area came under attack on Wednesday. A widow and her three children were slaughtered by the murderers.

“Again, on Friday June 21, 2021, Ungwan Madaki community in Chikun LGA, an outskirts of Kaduna, was attacked by these cold-blooded criminals who killed two persons and kidnapped 26 others, including infants. Four of the victims have been killed over inability to pay the ransom, while 22 persons are still languishing in the den of their captors.

“The most worrisome is the attitude of Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai towards tackling the security challenges confronting the state. While he has refused to negotiate with kidnappers, he has also not done anything to secure these weak communities against further attacks on vulnerable communities. More than anytime, Governor el-Rufai has continued to provoke bandits through unguarded utterances that have further enraged them to unleash more terror attacks on various communities,” the statement added.

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