Attack on Kaduna Community, An armed attack on Kajuru Station, Kaduna on Sunday night left at least 87 women, children, and others kidnapped.

    At least 87 women, children, and others were kidnapped by gunmen in a nighttime raid on Kajuru Station, Kaduna State, on Sunday. The attack has thrown the community into fear, with residents seen relocating on Monday.

    Attack on Kaduna Community

    This is not the first time Kajuru has been targeted. Locals are still recovering from recent abductions, including 15 women and a man taken just two days ago in Dogon-Noma.

    Harisu Dari, an official with the Kaduna Kajuru-Station Youths, spoke to journalists about the attack. He said the gunmen struck around 10 pm on Sunday, breaking into shops to steal food and supplies.

    “As of this morning,” Dari reported, “there’s been no contact with the abducted villagers. Security hasn’t been deployed to reassure the community, who are understandably traumatized. The government needs a new strategy to deal with these violent groups.”

    Attack on Kaduna Community

    Kaduna State has seen a disturbing rise in kidnappings recently. On Thursday, March 7th, gunmen attacked LEA Primary School in Chikun Local Government Area, abducting over 200 students, staff, and even injuring a pupil before escaping. This incident wasn’t isolated – days earlier, 15 women and a man were kidnapped in Kajuru.

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    The kidnappers of the schoolchildren demanded a ransom of N1 billion for their release.

    In a separate development, Kaduna Police offered a glimmer of hope. Last Friday, they apprehended a 35-year-old suspect (name withheld) allegedly involved in kidnappings. A raid on his residence yielded weapons, including rifles, pistols, and ammunition.

    Ahmad Gumi

    Last Thursday, controversial Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, criticized the Federal Government’s approach to handling kidnappings, particularly referencing the recent abduction of over 200 pupils and teachers from LEA Primary School.

    Gumi emphasized the need for the government to refrain from solely relying on force to secure the release of victims. Instead, he advocated for a more nuanced strategy that involves engaging with the bandits directly, understanding their grievances, and improving their living conditions.

    He suggested implementing a program akin to the Niger Delta amnesty initiative, which would incentivize bandits to leave their forest hideouts voluntarily. Gumi proposed providing education, healthcare, and opportunities for a peaceful life to encourage bandits to abandon violence and embrace peaceful coexistence.

    Gumi emphasized the importance of empathy and understanding in resolving conflicts, cautioning against retaliatory measures that could exacerbate the situation. He urged a shift in tactics towards dialogue and proactive measures aimed at addressing the root causes of banditry and insecurity.

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