Between Monday and Wednesday this week, Birnin Gwari town in Kaduna state has been under siege of a group of Bandits who formed alliance with Boko Haram terrorists.
Numbers of persons were killed with several others injured in a reign of terror prosecuted by Boko Haram terrorists along the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road.
Tuesday, the terrorists carried out the most deadliest of the attacks on the road. Over eight vehicles were set ablaze with some of the occupants kidnapped, many ran into bushes for safety despite being escorted by team of security operatives.
The video shows the security operatives running for safety.
Alhaji Umar Usman, a resident of Birnin Gwari town who spokes with BBC Pidgin English, said he was lucky to be alive as he was among those trapped inside the vehicles on Tuesday by the terrorists.
“For three straight days, na one attack afta di oda for Birnin Gwari town since on Monday na im we dey suffer, no town dey suffer dis insecurity wahala like us.”
“I dey lucky to dey alive because di one wey happun on Tuesday I dey inside car dey travel from Udua to Birnin Gwari wen di gunmen begin fire motors. Dem get some cars wey dey in front of us, killing pipo and kidnapping odas.”
“I believe say na God just save di lives of us wey dey inside our car because many cars ahead and behind us suffer gunshots and kidnappings but our driver manoeuvre im way out of di danger”, Alhaji Umar Usman said.
A press statement signed by Ibrahim Abubakar Nagwari, the chairman of Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, narrated how the travelers and residents have been under siege in what he described as an unholy marriage between bandits and Boko Haram terrorists who he said had declared war on the people of Birnin-Gwari town.
The press statement reads thus:
Today 31st May, 2022, terrorists along Birnin-Gwar-Kaduna highway intercepted a convoy of motorists with security escorts between Kuriga and Manini near Udawa and prey on unspecified number of people that were abducted into the bush.
In the last four days, terrorists had lay siege on motorists on Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway, abducting as well as killing, and wounded many innocent citizens.
Yet our people are reduced to silence mode with no reportage of the ugly situation nor any move by the authorties to show concerned on the deteriorating security around Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway.
In the sad event today,(Tuesday), eight vehicles were set sbleze by the terorists, while unaccounted number of innocent motorists mostly women and Children were waylaid into the bush by the terrorists for ransom.
It is evidently, clear, that, unholy marriage of bandits and Ansaru (Boko Haram) has declared a total war on our people.
Yet the poltical will by the authorities to honour their oaths of office to protect Lives and Property of our citizens remains a mirage.
While politicians are engaged on their mission to clinch power comes Twenty twenty three, none of the gladiators seeking for elections has any agenda of emancipating our people from the bondage of terrorists and miscreants.
Moreso, none of this politicians deem it fit to visit Birnin-Gwari to either see delegates, but rather called delegates to Kaduna for consultations.
We had always appreciote efforts of security personnel in their passion to curtailed the precarious insecurity bedeviling Birnin-Gwari general area.
But, our people has reached a point of no return, hence the need for the people of Birnin-Gwari and communities along the Kaduna-Birnin-Gwari highway to halt with immediate effect traveling on this notorious highway from tomorrow till security situation improves.
This organization hereby advise all our citizens to exercise maximum restraint and obey all rules of the land and seclude themselves in prayers for Allah intervention to deal with the terrorists and their collaborators within our communities.
Equally, we pray for safe return of our people mostly women and Children that were abducted.
We are citizens of this country and not prodigal sons that were left wandering, like Sheep’s without Shepherd. Enough is Enough.