Mass exodus hit community as residents flee over terrorists’ attacks

Mass exodus hit community as residents flee over terrorists’ attacks

Following continuous attacks and killing in their community by terrorists, hundreds of villagers have reportedly fled their homes in Damari, Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It was gathered that the terrorists had struck the Damari town of Kazaga Ward, Birnin-Gwari LGA recently, killing three persons and kidnapping no fewer than 13 of the villagers.

In the same community, early July, a clash between some bandits and a splitter Boko Haram sect – the Ansaru terror sect, had left two locals dead while the casualty figures on the sides of the hoodlums could not be ascertained.

Soon after the withdrawal of the Ansaru terror group, the community had been in continuous attacks from the terrorists who continued to loot the property of the community.

In view of this, the Brini-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU) in a statement late Friday night, said the village was thrown into anxiety, forcing the residents to flee to neighbouring communities.

This was contained in a statement by the BEPU chairman, Isaq Kasai.

The statement read, “Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union is deeply touched and heavily concerned over the high level of anxiety in Damari town of Kazage Ward in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, making the people deserting the community en masse over continuous daily attacks by Armed bandits.

“Today (Friday), the people of DAMARI are fleeing en masse following incessant attacks by terrorists that besieged the farming community of Damari on a vengeance mission.

“The precarious situation and the high level of insecurity in the area, women and children were seen trekking for safety. As of 11 o’clock this morning, about 20 vehicles were seen moving out with escapes.

“The Union has reported two days ago the cruel activities of terrorists and bandits, killing and abducting people in Damari and surrounding areas.

“Yesterday, Thursday, July 28, 2022, the bandits passed through the same Damari town shooting in the air sporadically; and came back to the town in the early hours of today, July 29, 2022, which is a market day, snatched motorcycles, seized money from marketers, rustled cattle and kidnapped scores including a grain businessman.

“This is coming after the Ansaru members who were considered “protecting” the community against armed bandits had relocated to another area.

“It is against the recent daily recurrent attacks by armed bandits vis a vis reliable information available to the locals on bandits planning serious attacks against the community, that makes the locals desert the town en masse for safety.

“Presently, there is no presence of security agents in the town. It is against this disturbing situation, that we are calling on the authorities to, as a matter of urgency, mobilise security personnel to the community in order to arrest the situation.”

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