Kidnappers Demanding N350m For Abducted Adara Natives – SOKAPU

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SOKAPU President, Honourable Jonathan Asake

By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has informed that bandits that abducted 65 Adara natives from Kallah Ward in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State are demanding an outrageous sum of N350 million Naira before setting them Free.
This was contained in a statement signed by SOKAPU Spokesman, Luka Binniyat, made available to our correspondent in Kaduna on Friday April 30, 2021.

“Six days after 65 Adara natives were abducted from Libere Gida, Kallah Ward in Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA) in Southern part of Kaduna State, their abductors made contact yesterday (29th April 2021) with the community. 
“The kidnappers said that they have 77 persons in their detention. They are asking for the sum the N350 million in exchange for the freedom of their captives,” it said.

SOKAPU had earlier reported that 10 of the 65 abducted villagers were able to escape a day after they were kidnapped.  
“Going by latest village headcount, 72 persons are being held by the kidnappers.  They are made up of 16 males and 56 females. 
“It will therefore mean that the kidnappers have captured some other persons to make up for the 77 captives they are claiming,” the statement said. 
It further lamented that the government has not mentioned the victims in any of its daily updates.
“Surprisingly, Kaduna State Government that has made it a habit of churning out daily updates on the security situation in Kaduna state has not made any mention of this mass abduction which occurred in Libere Gida around 11:30pm of the 22nd April, 2021.
“Libere is close to the three major IDP camps in Kajuru LGA.  They are in Kallah town, Geffe and Rimau where not less than 5,000 have been staying under subhuman conditions since they were chased out from  their various villages in May  2020 by armed Fulani herdsmen.  
“Kaduna State Government has never visited or mentioned their existence not to talk of assisting them with any relief material.  
“Meanwhile, after unceasing siege on farming communities in Kajuru LGA, more communities have fallen under the control of these armed men, which we now suspect to be a coalition of armed herdsmen and Boko Haram,” it added.
The statement alleged that within the past one week, communities of Libere village in Kallah ward, Kujeni and part of Kutura in Tantatu ward, including Kurmin Wali in  Afogo ward have fled.
“This is in addition to the 26 other Adara  communities of Kajuru that have fallen to the  armed invaders, some of them dating back to 2019. They communities  are listed below according their wards:

 (i)                 Kallah Ward

Kihoro-Libere, Bakin Kogi, Umiko,Magunguna, Idazo, Ungwan , Galadima, Ungwan Guza, Etiss, Ungwan Ma’aji, Ungwan Dantata, Ungwan Araha 1 & 2, Ungwan Goshi, Ungwan Shaban, Ungwan Jibo, Ungwan Maijama’a, Ungwan Sako, Ungwan Maidoki, Ungwan Masaba

 (ii)               Tantatu Ward

Ungwan Makware

 (iii)             Idon Ward

“Edanu, Ungwan Mudi, Ungwan Rana, Ifele, Ungwan Gora

“The total number of communities captured by the armed invaders in Kajuru LGA is now 31,” it alleged.

It explained that not less than 100 communities of Southern Kaduna are already in the hands of the  invaders. 
“Some of the communities in Chikun LGA are contagious to Shiroro LGA of Niger State, where Boko Haram hoisted its flag last week,” it pointed out.

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