President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Comrade Jonathan Asake has given an eyewitness rundown of the actions of bandits and kidnappers in Kaduna State in 2021.
Asake described the safety state of affairs within the State as unusual and pointed to the alleged insensitivity of leaders to the plight of most communities.
In response to Jonathan, kids in some communities have been out of colleges for the previous 5 years because of the atrocious actions of terrorists, whereas primarily communities have been chased out of their unique communities by armed terrorists and most of those assaults and displacements go unreported within the media.
Comrade Asake spoke on the 2021 human rights lecture organised by the Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria, HURIWA, with the theme: “Nigerian College Kids; Insecurity and Human Rights”, held in Abuja.
“In keeping with the subject, our youngsters, significantly college kids, and what insecurity has induced of their rights,” he started.
“I’ll make no try to speak about final yr or the yr earlier than or try to exit of Kaduna State.
“I’ll solely say what is occurring in Kaduna State and this yr alone. And it is possible for you to to place them up collectively.
“On the thirtieth of January this yr, kidnappers went into a college simply very near Kaduna referred to as Good Shepherd Seminary and kidnapped 4 seminarians there.
“One among them was killed as a result of the abductors wished to indicate that if ransom isn’t paid, they’re very critical, they’ll kill the remainder. The useless physique was saved on the roadside. Ransom was paid and the others have been freed.
“On the eleventh of March this identical yr, kidnappers went to the varsity of forestry the place 39 college students have been kidnapped and on the twentieth of April that the scholars of Greenfield College have been kidnapped.
“On July 5, they went to a city referred to as Danutshi and kidnapped 126 Bethel Baptist College students and it’s been over two months now. They’ve launched a lot of them. They’re releasing them in batches. The primary cost was N100m paid by the mother and father completely deserted by the federal government.
“They’ve 11 of them two months after. Now in the event you assume this image is a really gorry one, that is only a tip of the iceberg. That is simply those you’ve heard being reported of the atrocious actions of what we name bandits and kidnappers in Kaduna State.
“However every day, communities are being chased out and chased into neighbouring communities and for some it has lasted for over 5 years with all the youngsters being out of colleges.
“Most of those communities are being chased into IDPs camps, no faculties, no services, no meals and picture kids which were out of college for 5 years operating. And that is the story. Farmers have additionally been chased out.
“Farming communities have left their faculties and faculties have been shut down for a really very long time in Kaduna State. We don’t get to listen to this within the media. Those we hear are when schoolchildren are kidnapped .
“And oftentimes these individuals are arrested, paraded and interrogated and that’s the tip. A few of them the’re paraded and also you see the video going viral within the media social media and after that you just see the identical particular person being paraded once more. So one thing unusual is occurring.
“The rights of youngsters are being violated. It Is insensitive on the a part of a few of our leaders the place we all know that individuals have been displaced and there’s no services and nothing is finished.
“Journalists which have tried to report the atrocities which were occurring have been arrested and thrown into detention. That’s why I stated that is only a tip of the iceberg.”
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