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Save us from incessant gunmen attacks – Community cries out to President Tinubu

Save us from incessant gunmen attacks – Community cries out to President Tinubu

Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU) of Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State has appealed to the new President, Bola Tinubu, to save the Emirate from banditry and insecurity.

The group, which speaks for Birnin-Gwari Emirate said that bandits terrorising the local government area have imposed N10million levy on farmers in the area which they must pay or forget farming in this rainy season.

Ishaq Usman Kasai, chairman of BEPU, who made the appeal in a statement he issued to congratulate President Tinubu, who holds the traditional title of Dakaren Birnin-Gwari, also appealed to the new President to help address the security challenge of the local government area and by extension Kaduna State as a whole.

“Disturbingly, the armed bandits continue to impose levies on farming communities in the area. Just this week, the bandits imposed N10 million levy on three farming communities, namely; Sabon-Layi, Tashar Keji and Ruwan Rana where they give these communities grace of three days, which expires Tuesday 30/5/2023, to meet up this demand or be attacked.


“The insecurity situation in our area is a serious cause for concern, where Birnin-Gwari people are being kidnapped and killed by bandits daily. The economy of Birnin-Gwari which relies majorly on farming has been seriously crippled. Today, people could no longer access their farmlands due to insecurity. Most basic schools were closed and transportation halted affecting trading.

“Farming communities are being sacked by bandits almost everyday and people majorly women and children are becoming internally displaced on daily basis. Even today as I am writing this congratulatory message, the Community is on the other hand at grief because even last Sunday night, Dadin Kowa village was attacked and sacked by bandits on motorcycles wielding different kinds of riffles.

“In another sad development, yesterday Sunday 28/5/2023, been a day to your inauguration, large number of people including women and children were kidnapped on the road along Dogon Hawa, just about two kilometers away from the Birnin-Gwari main town.

“These have become the order of the day. In fact, just three days ago, Birnin-Gwari capital was stormed by the bandits where people were abducted including teenage girls. Some school children in the Eastern part of Birnin-Gwari who were abducted on their way to schools are still in captivity for over hundred days now. However, we hope this administration can take decisive action to address this problem.

“As the President of Nigeria, His Excellency have the power to ensure that the people of Birnin-Gwari live their lives in peace and security where they can freely continue to exploit economic and educational potential without fear of attacks by these terrorists.

“We hereby urge Mr. President to prioritise on the security of the people and take immediate steps to address the situation. This may involve deploying additional security personnel to the area and implementing a functional community policing strategy, among others.

“Mr President, it is also disheartening to hear about the terrorist continuous infiltration and encirclement of the Birnin-Gwari general area, kidnapping and killing the peace-loving people unchallenged. The terrorists as of today are advancing to finally take over the Birnin-Gwari capital if urgent and necessary actions are not taken by authorities to arrest the situation.

“It is our hope that, under His Excellency’s leadership, the situation in Birnin-Gwari will be resolved and the people of the community can live their lives without fear of violence,” he pleaded.

BEPU also urged Preaident TInubu to prioritise unity and inclusivity in his administration, fostering an environment where all Nigerians would feel represented and their voices heard.

The group urged Tinubu to promote diversity and actively seek to bridge any divide and create a cohesive society that thrives on the strengths of its multiculturalism.

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