By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
While reiterating the call for the release of its leaders under detention, the Adara Development Association made up of people from Kajuru and Kachia local government areas has accused the Kaduna State Government of being bent on humiliating and destroying their people.
This was expressed in a terse statement signed by its National Assistant Secretary, Barr Waziri Luka and made available on Monday March 18, 2019.
“We insist that our leaders are innocent and should be released. We reiterate the fact that the Kaduna state government is engaged in a punitive exercise to simply humiliate, punish and ensure the destruction of the Adara nation. It should be noted that peace cannot thrive where there is injustice,” it stated.
In the statement titled, ‘Release Adara Leaders or blindfold Lady Justice Again’ the group pointed out that Monday makes it almost 31 days that the leaders, elders and chiefs of the Adara nation were indiscriminately arrested in a “blatant, injurious and a one-sided reckless abuse of state power never envisaged under a democratic government in Kaduna State.
“The blindfold on Lady Justice depicting impartiality and objectivity in the application of justice has been removed – on the Adara people.
“The unfortunate crisis that erupted in Kajuru Local Government provided an opportunity for statesmanlike conduct to flourish from the consciousness of those with the responsibility of dispensing not just justice but good governance. But what we got instead was an aberration. Our leaders were arrested, locked up in police cells and later transferred to the Kaduna Prison under bogus and ludicrous charges,” it stated.
They stressed that despite six attacks on different Adara villages happening after their arrests, despite hundreds killed and thousands displaced, none of the killers has been arrested.
“None. This is despite all the attacks happening for hours in daylight. But Adara chiefs from different villages in Kajuru were invited and arrested. But none from those attacking our communities have even been questioned or detained. None.
“Our governor who was quick to reel out statistic himself to the media has probably not seen that Karamai, Ungwan Barde, Dogon noma, Kymara and Ungwan Gora villages have all been attacked and burnt down to the ground. When will he also speak for us? Aren’t we humans too, aren’t we also part of those he swore to protect? Why this unfair and partial treatment to us as a people? Why?” They queried.
The said that as a government that is anchored on the principles of economic, social and environmental justice, that glories on the noble pursuit of strengthening the institutions of justice is missing in the Adara crisis.
“Justice has been rubbished in pursuit of a sponsored hegemonic enthronement. The result: the one-sided perception of justice simply got pronounced in its odoriferous fetidness.
These are our leaders currently in Prison:
1. Engr, Bawa Magaji, Wazirin Adara, acting Agom Adara, arrested on 16th February. (Locked up now for 30 days)
2. Retired Commissioner of Police, Mr Sani Magaji, the Baradan Adara, arrested on 19th February (27 days today)
3. Awemi Dio Maisamari, National President of the Adara Development Association, arrested on 16th February. (30 days)
These others were all arrested between 12 – 15th February (between 30 – 33 days)
4. Mr Joseph Abdullahi, National Treasurer, ADA
5. Mr Tanko Maisamari, village head of Maro
6. Mr Hosea Danladi, Village head Ungwan Gamo
7. Mr Josepj Ayuba, Village Head of Kutura
8. Mr Tanko Wada, Village head of Ayuba
9. Mr Ulu Maitumbi, elder Ungwan Barde village.
“Montesquieu said ‘there is no crueller tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice,’ and that is exactly what is happening in Kaduna state. The unfortunate aspect is that political and religious considerations have made so many to even turn their backs on the carnage taking place in our villages,” they said.
The group added that apart from coping with their leaders in prison, they are also digging mass graves to bury their dead, running up and down to provide for the thousands of their displaced ones and tending to those in hospitals.
“In all these, the state government is not bothered but bent on appeasing the killers while they kill us.
“It is even worse when those in authority openly display a corrosive bias in favour of those they consider as theirs,” Adara Association decried.
They also called for urgent steps to be taken to address the challenges facing the over 3,000 displaced people whose homes and everything they laboured for was destroyed.
“Many others who sustained injuries from gunshots and machete cuts are in the different hospitals across the state.” The statement noted.