“Gov El-Rufai Playing Politics With My People’s Lives” – Senator Laah
A Senator representing Southern Kaduna Senatorial Constituency of Kaduna state, Senator Danjuma Tella Laah, Wednesday described as deceptive, Governor El-Rufai’s assertion on live-TV to the world that the constituency is free from the loss of lives and perennial terror unleashed for the past six months, saying El-Rufai is playing politics with lives of people in his constituency.
Laah, the only PDP Senator in the state, made the assertion in a statement he issued and made available to journalists in Kaduna on Thursday. He said, “I wish to bring to your notice, a worrying situation going on in my constituency, in which Kaduna State government is using it to play politics, deceive the world and shun its responsibility to my people.”
The statement signed by Senator Laah stated that Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State was on live-Tv on Wednesday during the opening ceremony of Kaduna Economic Investment Summit (KADINVEST) in Kaduna, and said that in the past six months there had been no single loss of life in Southern Kaduna from the perennial terror unleashed on some communities in the place from the usual “unknown” assailants.
It added that the governor claimed that he has tackled the insecurity problem in the area. “I wish to state that nothing could be far from the truth than this assertion. The truth is that there is a steady and unrelenting onslaught on isolated communities in Southern Kaduna and environs, which has not been reported by the Press since last year.
“The murders, kidnappings, rapes and provocative destruction of crops, all by persons that the victims believe are Fulani, are just too numerous to be captured in just a press statement, since June 2015, till date. I had even called the attention of the state government to this evil, as recent as this January at Barnawa Prison Staff College, Kaduna, at the Bajju Annual Festival, where I made it abundantly clear, that the killings in Southern Kaduna and related feeling of insecurity still persisted,” he said.
He also lamented that just last Thursday (31st March, 2016), in Zamandabo, Zamandabo District in Zangon Kataf, the village was invaded by unspecified number of gunmen in the process, which One Danladi Makajim, 57, was killed and four escaped with gun wounds in an apparent robbery of shops in the village.
“I have been informed that two of the culprits have been arrested, after they launched an attack on Zangon Kataf town in Atyap Chiefdom. Not less than four persons have been killed by rampaging Fulani men (as the villagers insist) this year alone. Again, on the 30th March, a number of gunmen lay ambush to four youngsters in Kiring Village, Damakasuwa District, in Kauru LGA, where they caught one Sarengi Barnaba, a primary school pupil. He was not only killed, his eyes were gouged out, his tongue severed and his heart removed. The tendons on his legs were also pulled out. The boy was buried last Friday in the village in the presence of Police officer.
“The situation is worse in Sanga LGA, where the violent armed brigandage robberies on the highways are too common. A day after Governor Nasir El-Rufai made some communities to sign a curious “peace” agreement between some 29 native communities in 5 LGAs of Southern Kaduna, with most of them from Sanga, one Daniel Yakubu, fron Antor Village, Aboro District, in Numana Chiefdom in Sanga LGA, was killed, allegedly by the same Fulani that were supposed to have signed the ‘peace’ deal with our communities. This, I believe is in contempt of the “peace agreement.”
“The village head of Anfu (Doka Area) Kateri North in Kachia Local Government was shot dead on the 25th of February, 2016, in the presence of his family and the entire community for what the marauders described as his unrelenting collaboration with authorities in seeking to expose their activities.
“I made efforts to visit the victim’s family but I was stopped by security. There have been killings in villages in Numana, Wasa and Nizom Districts to the extent that the police seemed overwhelmed by the situation. Rape of schools girls returning home from school is common in this area, with a particular case of a young girl in Yaute Village, Ninzom Chiefdom last month where the 15 year old girl was ganged-raped and is still receiving medical attention due to the severity of the rape.
“I have been reliably informed that there may be acute food shortage in Sanga and environs next year because natives are scared of going to their farms because of the fear of the unknown, coupled with the fact that the dry season crops that have been cultivated are being destroyed in many communities by the cattle of armed Fulani men.
“Collaboration to my assertion can be found in a national daily of Saturday Edition of 29th March 2016. The newspaper gave the true nature of insecurity in most parts of Kaduna State, especially South and East of the State Capital.
“It is, therefore, absolutely not true that Southern Kaduna has been violent free last year, and certainly not these last six months. I am, therefore, categorically saying as the Senator representing the Southern Senatorial District, the security situation is still dire, and concerted efforts should and must be embarked upon to arrest this ugly development.”