The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has advised the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to go after bandit terrorists the same way it goes after activists across the country.
Speaking to newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday, SOKAPU’s National President, Jonathan Asake,urged the government to deploy the same tactics adopted in the arrest of IPOB’s Nnamdi Kanu, and Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Igboho, in tackling the rampaging bandits in the North.
He alleged that over 100 natives had so far been killed in communities in the Zango-Kataf LGA while the government is pampering terrorists.
“Again, this year, with the commencement of another rainy season, the onslaughts have resumed, which coincide with the period when our farming communities need to be on their farms,” Asake said.
“With particular reference are the recent attacks on communities in Zangon Kataf LGA, where no fewer than 100 persons have been massacred within seven days, 12 villages completely decimated and over 90 per cent of Atyap land deserted by inhabitants over fears of frightening uncertainties.
“It is sadly unbelievable that 10 days after these massacres and displacement in our communities from all observable indices, there appears to be a conspiracy of silence or a deliberate attempt by the government to downplay the severity of the atrocities and genocides being perpetrated by these attackers across our communities.”
Asake, a former member of the House of Representatives, stated that he is convinced that government has the capacity to combat these daredevil bandits.
“If the government could lure the Benue militant, Terwase Akwaza, aka Gana, out of his hideout in September 2020, and later killed him; if they could trace Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to Kenya and blindfold him to Nigeria in June 2021; if they could trace Sunday Igboho to Cotonou and arrest him just a few days ago; and if they could smoke out the commander of the Eastern Security Network, Ikonso, and later kill him in April 2021, then, it clearly shows that the government has enough capacity to deal with the situation.
“We find it strange to explain how the government is unwilling to tackle banditry and kidnappings in the North, but at the same time hasty in deploying full intelligence and military force against southern and Middle Belt activists, who are engaged in one form of agitation, criminality or otherwise.
“Even when these bandits brought down an air force jet last Sunday, July 19, at the border between Zamafa and Kaduna states, thereby challenging the sovereignty of our country, the government has not shown enough action to tackle the dangers posed by bandits and insurgents, who have now acquired anti-aircraft launchers and sophisticated weapons.”