Herdsmen crisis: Senator raises alarm over alleged killings in Kaduna villages
Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna central, has condemned alleged killings by armed herdsmen and bandits going on in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state.
Sani claimed on Tuesday, February 6, that the killings had been ignored by the relevant security agencies and the federal government, Premium Times reports.
He said: “I have an issue in a local government in my constituency; it is called Birnin Gwari local government. This local government borders on the states of Zamfara, Kebbi, and Niger states. This local government in the last two to three years has been under siege of armed herdsmen and bandits.
“Bandits that have made life intolerable to the people of that part of the state. Many villages in this local government have been sacked, farmers don’t go to their farms nowadays, many of the citizens reside in that local government are now in the capital.”
He further said that killings and abduction in the area and Kaduna state, in general, had become a daily affair.
He lamented that the killings have not been able to get the national attention or the global spotlight.
He said: “Just few days ago, about seven persons were killed, and continually the killings have been so on a daily basis that even the media don’t take much time to give it a space in their pages of newspapers.
“I am deeply concerned that the government is losing the grip, that we cannot guarantee the safety of lives and properties in this country, and I think we have lost the essence of our being in government.
“Every day, this country is becoming a theatre of war, you see bodies of victims killed, dismembered and shared on social media. There is nowhere in Africa today where you see this grisly and grossly pictures and images being shared every day.
“I am deeply concerned that the essence to which we should be in government and address those very important issues have not been given the required attention as they should be.”
He emphasised that Birnin Gwari local government has become the centre of violence in the state.