Coalition Of Boko Haram/Armed Herdsmen Inching Towards Kaduna Town (SOKAPU Statement)

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    SOKAPU President, Honourable Jonathan Asake

    Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU).

    Press Statement (27th April, 2021).

    The widening of the corridor of terror and the creation of more ungoverned spaces in Kaduna state, particularly in Southern Kaduna, should give every normal thinking  resident of Kaduna state sleepless nights.

    The governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello on Monday raised alarmed that part of Niger state has been captured by the Islamic extremist terror group, Boko Haram. He said that the group even hoisted its flag on  a community called Kaure in Shiroro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State.

    This is consistent with the cry of SOKAPU that over 100 communities of Southern Kaduna have been captured and its inhabitant terrorised away after which the invaders (that surviving victims always identify as armed Fulani herdsmen) took over.

    Our Adara and Gbagyi members of Kajuru and Chikun LGA, who are  the major ethnic groups in Kaduna Central Senatorial Zones have suffered the most.

    From the concerns of the governor, it would seem that these armed herdsmen may have formed an alliance with Boko Haram to step up the violence unleashed on  Chikun LGA especially the huge swath of lands that connects Kuriga,  Kunai, Chikun, and Kakau Wards in Kaduna State  to Shiroro and Kuta LGAs of Niger State.

    We have severally mentioned in that since 2020, at least 45 Gbagyi communities in Chikun LGA bordering Niger State have been captured and occupied by violent armed men.

    Today, the list of sacked communities in Southern Kaduna that are contiguous to Kaure in Niger State are on the increase. While it took about two years to displaced the 45 earlier mentioned communities, the following were displaced within the past two weeks.

    Chikun LGA

    Gwagwada ward

    Katarma ,Anguwa Tawal, Gudani, Kankona, Anguwa paymaster, Anguwa Pada, Kofa, kugosi, Five thirty, Jankasa,  Kopi,  kajari, Azongo, Madaki, Sabon  Gida, Mandaki, Unguwa woya, kolipe.

    Kuriga Ward

     Manini, Gona Lema .

    Kakau Ward

    Rimin Kaso, Kurmin Kaso, Shegi (Janwuriya) Kaso, Wakwo Kaso.

    The estimated number of IDPs here are about 15,000.

    These communities that have been captured and are under the full control of these  criminals, when merged with the ones under the control of Boko Haram in Niger State maybe half the size of Imo State if not more. And already they are inching close to Kaduna metropolis: The communities of Kaso, which are their newest conquest, is about 3km from Mararaban Rido – a densely populated suburb of Kaduna  town about 7km from Kaduna State Government House.

    Desecration of a Church unacceptable

    The brazen impunity with which these outlaws operate is shocking and getting scarier. Though hundreds of churches have been burnt or destroyed and abandoned in these areas, last Sunday’s attack on peaceful, harmless congregation of Haske Baptist Church, Manini, in Kuriga ward is most appalling and condemn able. The desecration of the church and the cold blooded murder of a medical doctor, Dr Zakaria Dogon Yaro and the abduction of his daughter, Rose Zakariya and three others was an attempt to incite and spark a religious riot. But our members would never be driven to do that and SOKAPU hails the law abiding and peaceful nature of the Gbagyi people.

    The number of persons killed or kidnapped in Southern Kaduna is too dizzying to keep a close tap on. Apart from top government officials and their families that are guaranteed security in Kaduna state, everyone seems to hand his fate to the  Almighty  Creator.

    El-Rufai unperturbed

     It is on record that Governor Nasir el-Rufa he has never visited any attacked community in Southern Kaduna nor send any form of relieve materials from 2015 till date. Though some people see the daily Kaduna State Government  press statements detailing the carnage in Kaduna state as cynical and even jeering to the relations of victims, it seems to be the only way that Kaduna State communicates its war against the war confronting the state.

    Inhuman  policies and utterances.

    While Kaduna state is buckling down under the weight of insecurity and poverty, Governor Nasir el-Rufai seems undisturbed  about it. He has ordered the mass sack of 4,000 LGA staff in one fell swoop this month and  is planning to sack more of the state civil service.

    With over 20,000 school teachers sacked last year and thousands of Kaduna state civil service staff that were sacked or compulsorily retired yet to paid their entitlements since 2017, the misery and poverty of these army of disgruntled citizens cannot guarantee a crime free society.

    Today, thousands of shops and businesses are being demolished without any alternative to the owners. Or when provided, are just not affordably. The horde of frustrated persons in Kaduna state is only piling up.

    With the announced plan to hike school fees in Kaduna State University, if done at the much taunted 600% increment, would see most of our children drop out of the university. Another social problem would arise from there.

    The governor’s stubborn stand to prosecute anyone negotiating with kidnappers has send pains in the hearts of the loves one of the victims.

    It would look like the governor does not have any cheering words to citizens of Kaduna state other than threats and harsh policies.

    Appreciation to Governor Abukakar Bello of Niger State

    SOKAPU wishes to use this medium to strongly express our appreciation and gratitude to the hospitality and welfare that Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger State  has offered our Gbagyi members who escaped the mayhem in Chikun LGA to neighboring Niger State.

    His provision of security to them at their IPD camps, his words of encouragement and relieve materials is something that SOKAPU will always acknowledge and cherish.

    Sign: Luka Binniyat

    SOKAPU Spokesman.

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