By Maryam Ahmadu-Suka, Kaduna
A group under the auspices of Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressive Union in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State has appealed to the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, to come to their aid.
According to a letter written to the governor, the group said Birnin Gwari was under siege by camps of armed bandits, rapists, cattle rustlers and kidnappers, mostly hiding in adjoining forests.
The letter which was jointly signed by the President of the union, Murtala Abdullahi and Chairman, Security Sub-Committee, Muazu Idris and copied security agencies and relevant stakeholders lamented that “reports have it that in Doka village and Kungi-gari (15km away from Birnin Gear town) bandits attend markets brandishing AK47 riffles in the open without any challenge by security agents.
“About two weeks ago, they abducted a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, representing Birnin Gwari. Furthermore, on Friday 15th June 2017, two female students of the Kaduna State College of Midwifery and staff were abducted, another batch of three were kidnapped 10km from Kaduna on the way to Birnin Gwari at gun point with parents and well wishes made to pay huge ransom largely determined by the criminals to secure their release .
“About three weeks ago, a car conveying NYSC members was intercepted along the Birnin Gwari -Funtua axis and all the female Corps members were allegedly raped by the bandits.
“Regrettably, observers are of the opinion that the modus operandi of these hoodlums which often involved the use of military fatigues, possession of assault weapons and organizing themselves into camps in the surrounding forest reserve bears resemblance with that of Boko Haram insurgents,” the group said.