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Bandits abduct 39 children in katsina

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By Okunloye Abiodun

39 children who are working on a farm in Katsina state were abducted by bandits.

As a result of a bandit attack that took place in the Mairuwa community in the Katsina state located in northwestern Nigeria on October 31, 2022, 39 children who were working in a field harvesting crops were taken hostage by those unidentified gunmen. According to the police report on Wednesday, it confirmed that the children who were unable to get away were taken by bandits who had surrounded the farm where a lot of people were working.

One person that witnessed the scenario, Mr. Adamu Abdullahi, said that the Mairuwa community had suffered the most damage so far as a result of the bandits’ actions. According to him, in the most recent incident, the bandits surrounded the farm and started shooting recklessly before kidnapping the workers. During the invasion, most of the adults who were working on the farm were able to flee, but the children were not so fortunate.

Farm owners pay bandits before harvesting their farms.

According to the reports, the bandits were outraged by the fact that the owner of the farm was unable to pay a levy that had been imposed on him in order for him to be granted permission to harvest the crops. They requested N3 million ($4,800) from the farm owner, but he only paid an advance payment of $1,600 and decided to start the work before he finished paying the bill. However, the bandits were not pleased, and they invaded the farm and took the children hostage for ransom. Also, the bandits called using a mobile phone belonging to one of the victims and are demanding a ransom of N30 million ($50,000).

Mr. Abdullahi said that the bandits had gone to the farm with the intention of kidnapping the owner or his representative, but when they could not locate either of these individuals, the bandits made the decision to take people who worked for them instead. The victims’ parents insisted that the farm’s owner and his representative put their children in danger. It has become common practice for farmers to make payments in the form of levies to bandits before they are granted permission to harvest their crops.

Security failure has given bandits authority over people’s affairs.

Speaking further, Mr. Abdul Abubakar, a resident of Katoge in Kankara, Katsina, stated that what is happening currently to farmers in the northwest is a result of the failure of security. According to him, the people in Katoge were required to pay a levy of N2 million, which is equivalent to $3,200, in order to get access to their farm. Also on Wednesday, the spokesperson for the state police command in Katsina, Mr Gambo Isah, acknowledged the kidnapping of the children as well as the demand for a ransom. He also assured that attempts would be made to recover the youngsters. While on November 1, 2022, he said that six of the children, out of a total of 39, were given their freedom back.

Also, the chairman of the Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Katsina State chapter, Mr. Musa Danhassan, expressed concern that bandits in northwest Nigeria were exploiting local farmers for financial gain by imposing levies and fees due to the government’s incapacity to provide security to the rural region. He said that the state had seen the closure of over 400 poultry farms because of insecurity and that more would close if the government did not take strong action against the bandits and kidnappers.

Banditry is ravaging the poultry sector in the state.

Moreover, the poultry farms are situated in dangerous areas where abduction and kidnapping are common, prompting the farmers to flee the fields in order to save their lives. Everyone knows that you can’t start a chicken farm in the middle of a town or city. It has to be on the edge of town or in a village. That is where the birds will receive sufficient space and air, and yet bandits and kidnappers have refused to provide them with the space, therefore, nobody will want to put their life at risk. Danhassan said. He pleaded with the state government to help the farmers and act quickly to bring peace back to areas where there was violence, so that the farmers could get back to work.


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Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

These bandits are growing stronger and larger. They are now so confident that they do anything cos they know they’d get away with it. The government should take strong action against the bandits and kidnappers.

Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

Bandits are at it again. Little children being kidnapped over and over again. When will all these insecurity stop?
It is already exhausting and tiring. I beseech the Katsina government to do everything they can to help the children.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

This issue of bandit attacking us is happening again now children are kidnapped we have to stop the issue of insecurity that any criminal attack will just happen anyhow we have to improve our security in this country

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Issue of bandits here and there every time is now becoming tiring and devastating to hear. May God be well with us till next year when we vote in new government that will find a solution to curb the issue of insecurity in this country. I pray the kidnapped children get rescued in due time.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

The news that the bandits who had encircled the farm where a number of people were working took the youngsters who were unable to escape is quite upsetting. The robbers had surrounded the property.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

The most recent occurrence involved the bandits surrounding the property and beginning to shoot erratically before seizing the employees, its high time the government finds a way to curb this

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

Why should the bandits be angered by the fact that the owner of the farm was unable to pay the tax that had been imposed on him in order for him to be allowed permission to harvest the crops?

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

It’s a shame that the robbers weren’t satisfied, because they decided to raid the farm and hold the children as hostages for ransom.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

It’s a shame that the thieves weren’t pleased with their loot since they chose to plunder the farm and then hold the kids as hostages for ransom.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

It is now normal practice for farmers to make payments to bandits in the form of levies before they are allowed permission to harvest their crops. These payments are typically in the form of money.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

The criminals had planned to abduct the farm’s owner or his representative, but when they failed to do so, they took hostage several of the farm’s employees instead.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

As a result of the government’s inability to provide enough protection for the rural area, bandits in northwest Nigeria were taking advantage of local farmers for their own financial gain by imposing various charges and fees on them.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

farmers in areas where there was violence to receive assistance from the state government, which should also move rapidly to restore peace to those areas, so that farmers may go back to their jobs.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

Bandits attackers on farmers need to stop… Government should help the farmers and act quickly to bring peace back to areas where there was violence, so that the farmers could get back to work.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Bandits abduct 39 children who are working on a farm in Katsina state. All this bandits they are feeling like king now. this nonsense is getting out of hand. government oooo, do something naa. biko

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

We can’t continue like this in this country. These bandits are having hands operating in this country. Government must swing into action and completely stop the activities of these blood tasty vipers. Otherwise this country will be thrown into anarchy.Q

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

It is a pity that even the state of our president kidnapping and attacks on farmers is still going on. This administration has failed woefully.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

How long does this have to continue for. Attacks over and over again. It just shows the height of irresponsibility and shamelessness of these government