Numana Community in Kaduna decries killings of its members, land takeover by herdsmen

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Numana Community in Sanga Local Government of Kaduna State is decrying incessant attacks and killings of its members and alleged takeover of their lands by people they alleged are herdsmen.

 The community said the attacks are unprovoked leading to kiilings of innocent, unarmed peasant farmers especially in Ambe village of the Local Government where the State Deputy Governor Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe hails from.

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A statement by Comrade Ahmed Gani, President, Numana Community Development Organisation (NCDO) said during the unfortunate incident few days ago, six people were killed while many others sustained various degrees of injuries and are in different hospitals receiving medical care.

The community said it is worrisome to note that incidences of kidnap in their communities have increased in recent times as no week passes without one or two persons being kidnapped.

The statement said “to compound the already terrible situation being faced by our people, herdsmen have taken over the ancestral lands of residents of some of our communities, thereby turning the areas to flashpoints of regular kidnap of innocent farmers.  Some villages that have been taken over by herdsmen include, Dangwa Ungwan Kafinta,  Ninte and Dangwa Ungwa Manzo”.

Continuing, it said “it is painful to recall that in series of attacks by gun men in Sanga Local Government Area, 2 people were killed at Lambari village on March 2, 2023; one person was killed at Unguwar Madaki Arak on May 5, 2023; one person was killed at Gani Sarki on August 19, 2023 and 5 people were killed at Unguwar Ganye on February 8 this year.

“These consistent attacks on our calm and peace-loving communities have become worrisome and unbearable, especially, now that the raining season is here.”

Numana community said majority of their people are farmers, these serial attacks have caused panic among them and are afraid to go to their farms. “This will, no doubt, negatively affect the economy of our people in the months ahead” it regretted.

While acknowledging the effort of the Kaduna State Government the Governor Senator Uba Sani to combat general insecurity in the state, Numana community said they believe that more can be done to protect their people, especially, in Sanga and Jema’a Local Government Areas.

They therefore, appealed tothe state government to deploy more security operatives to rural communities in order to protect their people and also “restore their already battered confidence so that they can engage in farming activities without fear of attack”.

They also called on the state government to support those injured during the recent attack at Ambe village who are currently receiving medical treatment, while calling on their people to remain vigilant, calm and report any suspicious movement in their communities to the security agents.

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