By Gabriel Udeh, Kaduna
In Chikun local government area of Kaduna state and environs, it’s not yet Uhuru, as residents of Kakau villages located along Kaduna high way have continue to relocate from the area due to incessant kidnapping, killing and attacks by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.
Those who could not leave place for lack of alternative place, are living in perpetual fears, as the usual social activities in Kakau and environs have been moved to somewhere near Command Secondary School junction area spanning Television to Romi by roadsides. Some of the new carve-out sites are code-named “New Kakau,” and “Container,” among other highly popular joints, all of which are located by express ways, given Abuja Junction and Command Junction new lease of night lift.
When our reporter visited the areas, most of the shops were padlock and keyed, including areas where social and daily business activities took place, as well as those around the popular garden located at the toll gate, as a result of the nefarious activities of gunmen.
Some shop owners, who confided in our reporter, said even though shops were now surprisingly allocated to them for free, they could not open it, for fear of being kidnapped.
According to a restaurant operator, going to farm to perform the farming activities has become a nightmare and increasingly difficult, as no one could be guaranteed of his or her safe return.
Some gunmen, according to eyewitness investigation, followed people to their houses at evening hours, and after sporadic gunshots into the air, they kidnap anybody from their residents, even in day time, depending on the location.
The most recent one was the kidnapping of a married woman, who was forced to pay ransoms before being set free, in U/Boro outskirts of Sabon Tasha, who was taken along with others in the farm, while harvesting corn in Kaduna.
A “Container” owner, who operates beer and beverages shops opposite Future View Filling Station along bypass, openly confessed for relocating to Romi from Kakau, his former place, saying that the incident invigorated day by day, and nothing was done or being done to stop the spread.
It would be recalled that Haruna Usman, chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Kaduna chapter, who was interviewed recently, confirmed the incident, attributing the Sabon Gayan crises, which led to blocking of Abuja/Kaduna Road, to kidnapping and killing of innocent Fulani, as a result of the killing of a farmer by unknown persons.
He however disclosed that about 170 Fulani cattle had been killed, while over 58 people were buried due to resettling, saying that plans are underway to solving the problems collectively soon, as El-Rufai government has granted them approval to disarm those illegally in position of guns, including herdsmen, vigilantes and others.
Attempt made severally to get the input of the Police was fruitless, as the PPRO could not pick his calls owning to reasons known to himself. Although a female victim lamented that they have stopped reporting the cases to Police, since no help have come to reality through the Force.