Kaduna: Numana community laments killing of 6, takeover of land by herders

The Numana Community Development Organisation (NCDO) has expressed sadness over the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent, unarmed peasant farmers at Ambe village in the Sanga local government area of Kaduna state by gunmen.

President NCDO, Comrade Ahmed M. D. Gani, made this known in a press statement on Sunday, noting that: “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.”

He further stated that, “It is worrisome to note that incidences of kidnap in our communities have increased in recent times as no week passes without one or two persons being kidnapped.

“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.

“It is painful to recall that in series of attacks by gun men in Sanga Local Government Area, two 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 five 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.

“Considering that majority of our people are farmers, these serial attacks have caused panic in them. Hence, they are afraid to go to their farms. This will, no doubt, negatively affect the economy of our people in the months ahead.

While acknowledging the effort of the Kaduna state government under the leadership of Governor Uba Sani, to combat general insecurity in the state, we believe that more can be done to protect our people, especially, in Sanga and Jema’a Local Government Areas.”

The group, therefore, appealed to the Kaduna state government to deploy more security operatives to our rural communities in order to protect our people and also restore their already battered confidence so that they can engage in farming activities without fear of attack.

“We also call on the state government to support those injured during the recent attack at Ambe village who are currently receiving medical treatment,” the statement stressed.