Kidnappers have demanded the sum of N100 million naira from families of 58 abducted victims in Kano.
The families revealed to the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) that the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of 100 million naira.
Habila Sarkin Noma Rumana, their spokesman, explained how the supposed Fulani abductors would raze their farmlands and demand ransom. He added that the January 6 abduction was the worst ever.
“We have been attacked in the past, but we always find ways of surviving them.
“What we know is that the attackers are well armed and they are Fulani. They would graze on our crops and threaten to kill us if we protest.
“Sometimes they could attack and take our people captive. We will manage and pay ransoms and even after paying, sometimes they kill the victims. But the January 6, 2020 attack was the worst.”
“Hundreds of armed gunmen invaded about 10 of our villages at the same time. They carried out deadly attacks and looted our villages. At the last count between 34 and 36 people were killed. In fact, 58 people were kidnapped. But we still can’t account for many of our people.
“The kidnappers have called that we must pay N100m as ransom if we want to have the victims alive. I don’t know how they expect us to raise that kind of money.
“They stole our cattle, looted our valuables, stole and burnt our grains. We escaped by the grace of God. We that are here are just 170. This number is very small compared to between 7000 and 8000 that have run to Buruku town,” he said
The villages affected in Chikun Council Area are, Badna, Zankoro, Hayin Damisa, Unguwan Badole, Badimi, Kuderi, and Unguwan Doma, while those in Birnin Gwari Council Area are, Rumana Gbagyi, Rumana Hausa, and Malomo.
Jonathan Asake, President of the SOKAPU, who visited the refugee camp to sympathise with the families of the abducted victims, lamented on the disaster stating that it is unfortunate that such an act had been happening for a long time. He assured them that everything would be put in place.
“It is unfortunate that such organised wickedness could be going on in a country with a constituted authority for so long and unchecked. There is an agenda targeted at our people. But God on our side, they won’t succeed.
“I am calling on the government, NGOs, international bodies men and women of goodwill to come to the assistance of these people,” he stated.