No fewer than 50 dead bodies were recovered from fresh attacks on villages across Igabi local government area of Kaduna state yesterday 1st of March 2020
Source who speak to VOA Hausa said that houses, cars, and some dead bodies were burnt by the attackers.
The sources said that Marina village in the local government was firsts invaded and many people killed before moving to Kerawa village were they continued with the killing.
The report with VOA Hausa said:
We came under attack very early on Sunday morning. There is a village called Marina, the gunmen first sacked the village. There is no single person there right now. They killed so many people, including children. So far we have over 50 corpses,”.
They operated unchallenged for over three hours ; there was no any security person that came. They burnt houses, foodstuff and vehicles. They also burnt those who were killed. They abducted people. We know their hideout and we have been complaining about them. We are appealing to government to help us by addressing this problem.”
Confirming the report, Daiyibu Kerawa, a councillor representing Kerawa, cried over the attack, calling for assistance.
“At about 6am on Sunday, gunmen stormed Marina, they surrounded the village and killed children, including Almajiri, as well as the old. They shot them and burnt them. They were going house to house. There is a man whose grain of maize was burnt, they killed him, they killed his wife and children as well,” he said
On the said attacked, he said
Kerawa alone, we have over 50 corpses that are yet to be buried. We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to come to the aide of Igabi local government. We are overwhelmed by these attacks. Buhari should send security personal to help us. They attacked 13 villages, they did not carry anything, they just killed and burnt places.”
Former senator representing Kaduna, Shehu Sani who react to the incident, said the north has become a “region of endless funerals and perpetual bereavement”.
Sani faulted northern prominent of not doing enough to secure the region, Stating that
the north must wake up,buckle up or perish.
“When our people are repeatedly and tragically killed or abducted and we speak out,the only response that comes from the Government and it’s hired agents is that we are ‘politicizing the issue of security’,”.
Killings and kidnappings has become a daily occurrences in Kaduna,Katsina,Zamfara and Niger state. Northern Governors are still playing the ostrich,afraid of confronting the federal Government and taking independent action to protect their people while the killings and the kidnappings goes on.
“Banditry has further impoverished the North and turned it into a cemetery. The lives of ordinary people in the north has become cheap, dispensable, disposable and ordinary.
Northern Governors must come out with a regional security outfit to protect their people or continue to wait for Godot.The level of insecurity in the north has become infectious to the country and contagious to the west African sub-region