The people of Atyap under the Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA) had called on the responsible security agency to commence an investigation into an allegation that bandits are hiding at Zango Urban Ward in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the state from where they unleash terror on the communities in the area.
ACDA President Worldwide, Comrade Dr Silas Adamu, in a statement said people aiding the bandits are frustrating peace efforts initiated by their revered traditional ruler, the Agwatyap, Sir Dominic Yahaya.
“While we were beginning to make impressive progress in the peace and reconciliation process between the Atyap and our Hausa and Fulani brothers and sisters, we are saddened that some unpatriotic elements are bent on taking us through the dark paths of suspicion and bloodletting by aiding bandits to make Zango Urban their hideout.
“We gathered that the attack on February 28 at Kakwa village in our community where 5 persons died and four persons maimed was allegedly carried out by bandits who hid in Zango Urban, struck and went back to hid inside the same area”, Adamu claimed.
The Association commended security agencies for the subsequent arrest of some of the suspected attackers, who were said to have blood stains on their clothes when they were nabbed.
He said, “we commend security agencies for promptly arresting the suspects while appealing on them to be more proactive in preventing such attacks through intelligence gathering.
“We also commend the Kaduna State Government and the Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan for steps taken towards preventing attacks on our communities.
“We hail the position of the government of Kaduna State for declaring all forms of criminalities perpetrated by bandits as enemies of the people as expressed by the Commissioner at the Para-Mallam Peace Round Table in Kafanchan on Tuesday March 2, 2021 and urge the government to deal with the situation decisively to protect lives and property of citizens of the state”.
The Association called on all leaders of the three ethnic groups to show a more genuine commitment to the peace efforts and report any suspicious movements to security agencies.
“To all residents of Atyapland, we must join hands to put the enemies of peace to shame by exposing all trouble makers and merchants of conflict to security agencies.
“Those aiding bandits should desist from such as there cannot be any meaningful development without peace”, he added.