Banditry: Kaduna villagers cry out over frequent attacks, petition LG chair 

Residents in Giwa local government area of Kaduna state under the auspices of Kaya Descendants Community Development Association (KDCDA) have petitioned the local government chairman on the incessant terrorists activities in the area.

The villagers said bandits regularly kidnap their people and they have to pay taxes to be allowed to go to farm.  

This was contained in a letter dated 28th May, 2024 and signed by the association’s chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Musa, seeking his audience on the prolonged attacks on the village by bandits.

The letter which was made available journalists in Zaria on Monday reads: “With due respect and humility, we of above named association humbly make this statement on issues of farming in Kaya and surroundings. It is seriously facing great challenges and obstacles as certain conditions have been given by the bandits for every farmer to meet to be able to farm.

“Every farmer has to pay tax to the bandits before farming and by the middle of farming season, they are being chased away from their farmlands or even harassed and kidnapped even after paying the tax.”

The group also complained that the situation is unchanged during harvest as bandits at their will burn the yields.

“Our families are facing dangerous distractions in the course of going daily activities in the area and our children are no longer going to school for fear of being kidnapped.

“It is in view of the foregoing that we crave the indulgence of the chairman of Giwa local government and other top officials of the state at the national level to institute investigation in order to bring an end to the incessant harassment or attack on our community.”