Bandits have displaced 17 villages in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state.
Blueprint learnt that the incident happened on Sunday about 1:00pm with the displaced persons, numbering about 2000 taking refuge at the LEA Birnin Yero Primary School.
One of the victims and village head of Unguwan Gibe, Jibrin Abdullahi said “bandits came to our village to attack us at about 1:00 pm on Sunday.
“The problems started when vigilante decided to help the community to deal with the bandits in their hideout.
“The bandits don’t allow us to go to farm and the vigilantes wanted to bring an end to this but when they reached the bandits’ hideout they were overpowered and the bandits said since the community had decided to attack them we will not have peace.”
He identified the villages displaced to include; Tura, Unguwan Gebi, Unguwan Dangauta, Unguwan Nayawu, Unguwan Makeri, Jagani, Sabon Gida, Dallatu, Unguwan Alhaji Ahmadu, Sabon Gari, Kusau, Gidan Sarkin Noma, Unguwan Pati, Unguwan Tofa and Sauran Giwa.
According to him, “I have three wives but only two are with me. I don’t know where the other wife is now. As you can see, about 2000 people are displaced.”
The village head disclosed that due to the activities of the bandits they no longer go to farm.
“I spent over N2 million on my farm, now for the past 25 days, I can’t go to the farm due to bandits’ activities.”
Also, the Chief Imam of Izala Mosque, Ibrahim Usman, said the bandits had been terrorising the community even before Sunday’s attack and called on government to do the needful, to enable them return home.
It was learnt that the refugees’ attempte to stage a demonstration by blocking the Kaduna-Zaria highway was thwarted by security agents.
The Imam pleaded with the victims to be law abiding and not to take laws into their hands.
Also, the village head of Birnin Yero, Alhaji Umar Danyaro, where the victims are camped, described the situation as very unfortunate.
Danyaro said, “The bandits had been disturbing the people in their villages; on daily basis they kidnap at will, kill, take away their goods and animals.” (NAN)