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Kajuru crisis: Group raises alarm over silent killings, abductions


The Adara Development Association (ADA), has raised the alarm over rampant cases of kidnappings and silent killings in communities in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
In a statement on Thursday, President of the association, Mr. Awema Maisamari said more than 15 people, mainly farmers have been abducted for ransom.
He said people in rural communities cannot go to their farms for fear of being killed or abducted for ransom.
“Our farmers are still routinely attacked and sometimes killed on their farms and their crops destroyed.
“In the latest incidents on 2nd and 5th of July, 2020, two women at Doka were seriously wounded and one man named Yohanna Mutane was killed at Maraban Kajuru respectively” the statement said.
The statement said in some of the kidnapping incidents in May and June 2020, “one person was killed and more than 15 persons abducted for ransom”.
The association appealed to the state and federal governments to take necessary steps to restore law, order and genuine peace in Kajuru which is bedevilled by incessant killings and destruction by invading gunmen.
In the past three months, several communities in the area had been reportedly sacked by invading gunmen, suspected to be fulani herdsmen.
Hunderds of people have been reportedly killed during the attacks while thousands of others have been rendered homeless and were living at IDP camps.
The association also expressed its reservations about comments
purportedly made by Governor Nasir El- Rufai on the Kajuru crisis when the
peace building committee on Kajuru, led by Hon. Yakubu Barde, a member of the House Representatives for Chikun/Kajuru Federal Constituency submitted it’s report to the governor.
According to Maisamari, on June 30, 2020, those who went to submit the report to the governor “briefed other Adara elders about the measures the governor said he intends to take on the crisis.”
He said based on the briefing, ADA has now realised that some of the measures the governor want to take amount to punitive actions against Adara nation. He said: “One of them is the withdrawal of all security agents in Kajuru LGA if there is no peace with Fulani herdsmen.
“This seems like another open invitation to the well armed fulani militia to overrun and take over the already decimated Adara nation.
“Another decision of the Governor is to go ahead and implement the unjust gazette scrapping Adara Chiefdom which is being challenged in court by Adara community.
“We are strongly advising against doing so because it is contempt of court. The action will also unwittingly provide enough grounds for suspicion of the real motive for the assasinasion of Agom Adara, Dr. Raphael Maiwada Galadima in October 2018.
“We are also shocked to hear that in spite of all the atrocities, horrors and agonies that our community has been going through, the governor is still accusing Adara people of being hostile towards Hausa/Fulani residents in Adara land.
“But most startling of all is the Governor’s assertion that the Hausa/Fulani settlement of Kajuru is older than Adara community thereby aluding that they have more rights over the land than Adara nation.
“We think such wrong perception may be the reason why our community is being treated unfairly and disrespectfully in their only homeland on earth”.
The statement also described the governor’s peace initiative as “most inadequate because it involves only handpicked participants in Adara community.”
“Therefore, ADA wishes to unequivocally state the minimum demands of the community in any engagement as follows:
“One of the major objectives of the engagement shall be the restoration of Adara Chiefdom as being prayed for in a suit pending before a court of competent jurisdiction.
“We were informed by participants in the discussions (with the governor) that there was no objection to this demand during committee deliberations.
“Any proper and binding engagement with our community on our grievances should, among others include recognised representatives chosen by Adara community in the process of reaching the agreements” the statement said.


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