After a week-long military offensive against bandits terrorizing communities in Kaduna State, the terror group took vengeance on Sabon Layi village in Kakangi ward of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, killing three farmers.
The terrorists who invaded the village on Thursday noon night also whisked away scores of locals.
Ishaq Usman Kasai, the Chairman of the Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU), confirmed the attack to WikkiTimes on Saturday.
“The incident happened on Thursday around 12:00pm,” Kasai said, adding the number of the kidnapped victims could not be ascertained. According to him, many of the abductees are farmers and travelers.
“They (bandits) went to the farm and then shot the farmers,” he told WikkiTimes. “Since then, people have stopped going to farms.”
Kasai said there was a confrontation between the military and the bandits. “So the military cleared their (bandits) camp in the area,” he said.
The slain farmers were identified as Anas Sabonlayi, Abubakar Dankibiya and Harisu Un-Guwar Lemu.
“In vengeance, bandits returned and killed three farmers,” Kasai told our reporter. “Thursday is a market day in Birnin-Gwari. Traders were moving from western part along the axis where farmers were killed and many of them were kidnapped.”
He further said the axis has become a hotspot for abduction.
‘NO MILITARY IN THE VILLAGE’
The community leader told WikkiTimes that the banditry-ravaged area has no security operatives to repel attacks.
“We realised that there are issues of inadequacy. In the entire area of western part, most farm products consumed come from western part but there is no military attachment in the western part,” he said.
But Randangi community, a few kilometres away from Sabon Layi, has security operatives attached to them, WikkiTimes learnt.
“In Sabon Layi, there is no security presence therefore we can’t say that there is any reasonable effort being made by security to make farmers access their farms without fear,” said Kasai.
He further lamented that security came to the village when bandits attacked the banditry-ravaged area to know casualties.
The Police spokesman, Mohammed Jalige could not be reached for comment. Also, a text message sent to him had not been responded to as of press time.