Armed Bandits Kill Infants, Travelers along Birnin-Gwari Highway

The New Year 2021 has begun in sorrow and tears for the people of Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state. On Sunday, 3rd January 2021, armed bandits lay siege on innocent travelers at Zankoro, along the dreaded Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna Highway, killing nine people (including 3 infants) that are on their way for a ceremony at Doka, Birnin-Gwari Local Government. Similarly, the bandits come out today Monday 4th January 2021 at the same Zankoro at about 9.00 am, shooting sporadically and abducted an unspecified number of people and wounded six others that are now receiving treatment at Buruku along Kaduna-Birnin-Gwari Highway.

In the last two weeks, bandits terrorizing the people of Birnin Gwari, especially those traveling along Birnin Gwari-Funtua and Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highways have become intensely aggressive as they continue to kill and abduct innocent citizens unabated. With dismay, Birnin Gwari Progressives Union (BEPU) frowns at the seeming laissez-faire attitude towards banditry in the Birnin Gwari area by the governments at all levels.

From December 20th, 2020 to January 4th, 2021, bandits have mercilessly terrorized the people of Birnin Gwari thereby kidnapping them at homes, farms, and during travels. The bandits have ruthlessly been killing the people of Birnin Gwari and the Kaduna state government has evidently chosen to take off her eyes from our pathetic situation, at least by acknowledging cases of abductions and serial killings by the bandits as it does in other areas like Lere of recent. Hence, BEPU tersely calls on the Kaduna State Government to note that: There are cases of kidnappings and killings every day along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna and Birnin Gwari-Funtua highways.

There are more than 40 abductees currently at the mercy of the bandits who were kidnapped between 20th December 2020 and Monday 4th January 2021; some of them have been reported terribly ill. A total of Nine (9) innocent travelers were killed at Zankoro along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway on Sunday 3rd January 2021. A total of 11 people were kidnapped at Dan Kungi village on Sunday 3rd January 2021. BEPU, therefore, calls on the government to deploy an immediate response squad to mount offensive operations along Birnin Gwari Kaduna and Birnin Gwari Funtua highways.

We also urge the government to sit up to its responsibility and protect the lives and property of the defenseless people of Birnin Gwari whose bloods are spilled daily by the bandits. We seriously urge the government to launch an offensive attack to neutralize bandits terrorizing Birnin Gwari increasingly whose skills and warfare strategies are advanced every day. …

Enough is enough.

SIGNED

Barrister Salisu Haruna

Chairman, BEPU 4th January 2021