PRESS STATEMENT FROM SOUTHERN KADUNA PEOPLES UNION (SOKAPU)
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), wishes to draw
the attention of the people of Kaduna state to the reality of the presence of
the deadly coronavirus in the state which has been ravaging around the world.
We wish to commend the government of Kaduna state for the
proactive measures taken so far to ensure that the virus is contained.
We equally applaud the residents of Kaduna state for abiding
by the orders of the government authorities remain in a lockdown situation in
spite of the difficult situations associated with this directive. We encourage
the people to continue to obey instructions and cooperate with the law
enforcement authorities to ensure that we all remain safe.
Aware that our governor Nasiru Elrufai is the first known
victim to test positive of the much dreaded virus, we wish him a quick recovery
and restoration back to his work of serving the good people of Kaduna state.
Seeing that the rate of virus spread is increasing across
the states, and taking cognisance of the fact that Kaduna South Senatorial
District does not have a hospital with the capacity to handle any eventual
outbreak of the disease in that part of the state, we wish to appeal to the the
state government to establish a facility in Kafanchan to handle cases that
might arise in that zone, otherwise, victims will have to be transported over a
distance of 250 kilometers average to Kaduna metropolis or Zaria for treatment.
Killings in Southern Kaduna Continues.
Meanwhile, in spite of the fear that has gripped Kaduna
state over this pendamic, armed herdsmen still lurk over Southern Kaduna
destroying communities and shedding blood of innocent persons.
This afternoon, Komo community in Guruku ward, Chikun LGA,
came under savage attacks by armed herdsmen. Thought SOKAPU is yet to fully
identify the victims, not less than six persons have been confirmed killed by
the rampaging murders.
Yesterday, a royal father – the District Head of Jagindi, in
Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA), Mr Danlami Barde, was shot dead by armed
herdsmen. Barde, who left behind a wife and four children was a retired
policeman before becoming District Head.
Also killed along with him
was his brother, Mr Musa Barde who also had a wife and 3 children. The
wife of the slain Musa Barde survived gun shots injuries and is currently
receiving treatment at the hospital in Keffi.
In Kuduru, a Gbagyi village, in Chikun LGA, armed herdsmen
struck last Thursday and burnt homes, foodstuff
rusting cows and stealing
valuables. Those killed in the
unprovoked murder are: Hassana Bala, Jamilu Hassan and Halima Bala.
Haliru Nawela and Kure Dogonyaro escaped with grievous injuries.
Again, we call on the Federal and state government to deploy
security to our ravaged villages and secure lives and property.
We also appeal to good spirited individuals and corporate
bodies to assist surviving victims with food, shelter and drugs especially at
this time of extreme difficulties.
Sign: Luka Binniyat
(National Public Relations Officer)
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