Terrorists raid 9 Kaduna villages, kill 30, abduct many, rustle 100 cows

By Ibrahim Hassan-Wuyo

Chairman of   Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union, BEPU, Ishaq Usman Kasai, has said  that new evidence showed that two terrorist groups, Ansaru and Boko Haram, may be re-emerging in Birnin-Gwari Emirate of Kaduna State.

He said although the two terrorist groups were rivals, they have formed an alliance to launch attacks.

Kasai, in an interview with Sunday Vanguard,   expressed worry that Ansaru terrorists who had found a place to stay in the Birnin-Gwari forests, had commenced a recruitment process of locals in the villages.

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His words: “The presence of Ansaru in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area and their recruitment of locals are a great cause for concern to our people. We fear the growth of the interaction and movement of terrorists to our area.

“This means that Ansaru’s presence in our area and recruitment of locals amidst the inability of government to provide security has ramifications for the growth of Al-Qaeda in West Africa because it could lead to Al-Qaeda uniting its Sahelian and Nigerian jihad theatres.

“We are afraid that Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area is being considered by internationally connected terrorists as their new operational base after being technically dislodged from the North-East.

“Fresh evidence shows that the two terrorist groups (Ansaru and Boko Haram) may be re-emerging. We have been raising the alarm and calling the attention of government and security agencies to the recruitment of locals and propagation of Ansaru terrorist ideology and activities in our area but no serious action has been taken to arrest the situation.

“The group claimed responsibility for the prison break at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad headquarters in Abuja in November 2012. It also said it was responsible for the attack on the Emir of Potiskum on Kaduna-Zaria Road on January 14, 2020, in which about 30 people were killed.

“The group has carried out several attacks, killings and kidnappings in Nigeria. This is our concern because as of now. The group has begun preaching and recruitment in the eastern part of Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area, in villages like Old Kuyello, Kazage, Kutemeshe, Kwasa-Kwasa, Gobirawa and Farin Ruwa.

“Ansaru members go to mosques in various communities in the area wearing military uniforms, preaching and sharing pamphlets containing their ideology to congregations.

“It is our concern that many villagers are losing hope in government for protection against bandits and are beginning to develop an interest in joining Ansaru so that they can live freely and do their businesses without fear in their communities. Therefore, the operation of this terrorist organisation in our area is a serious concern.’’

A source in Birnin-Gwari told   Sunday Vanguard that the terrorists have made the Emir to be spending most of his days in the state capital. The source said the monarch only visits his palace occasionally with the help of security agents.

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