By Steven Kefas
The Youth Wing of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has renewed it call for self defense amongst communities that have been repeatedly sacked by terrorists and jihadists group they believe migrated from the Northeastern part of the country and are ravaging the area.
In the statement signed by it’s national Youth Leader, Isaac John, the group condemned in strong terms the latest killings of two people and the abduction of 28 people from Ungwan Gimbiya by terrorists.
Recall that on Friday 3rd December, terrorists suspected to be Fulani herdsmen militias launched a ferocious attack on Ungwan Gimbiya community in the Sabon Tasha, Chikun local government area of the state.
“The Youth wing of the southern Kaduna Peoples union has continue to observe with sadness the unabated sacking of its communities by terrorists disguising as bandits.
“The recent killings of two of our kinsmen and the adoption of countless others at Ungwan Gimbiya in Sabon Tasha, a town within Kaduna metropolis has left us perturbed as to the functionality of our Security architecture and the readiness of Government at all levels to tame the rising wave of criminality across the state and the country at large.” The group said.
The group also berated the manner with which terrorists now launch attacks even in urban areas unabated and also called on the security agencies to rid the area of terrorists.
“The rate at which criminals now freely go about committing crimes is alarming.
While we sincerely wish to condole with the immediate families of those who lost their lives as a result of this heartless and barbaric attack, we wish to call on the Nigerian police, Nigerian Air force, Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services to as a matter of urgency carry out a rescue operation to ensure the safe return of all the adducted persons. More importantly we want to use this medium to challenge the security forces to comb the entire forest surrounding Southern Kaduna.” The group said.
SOKAPU Youth also alleged that terrorists and jihadists have found safe haven within the forest in the region from where they launch attacks on unsuspecting communities.
“It is our believe that criminal elements, terrorist groups and Jihadists from the North East have found safe haven within these forest areas.
Brethren it is only biblical to sale off your pair of shoes to afford the necessary means of protecting your homes and offspring.” The group said.
The youth group also called on the people of Southern Kaduna to be vigilant and defend their communities against terrorists, saying that no one goes to sleep knowing that the thief comes afterwards to rob them.
“How then thou goeth to bed with your eyes closed when thou knoweth the devil cometh not just to steal but to destroy.
We urge you all to be vigilant and pro active at this perilous time, avoid keeping late nights and report any suspicious movement to the relevant authorities.
“May our good Lord continue to protect us and may the souls of the departed rest in peace in Jesus name.” The statement concluded.