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Kajuru demands immediate release of leaders

Aggrieved Kajuru people, under the umbrella of Adara Development Association, ADA, have demanded for the release of their community leaders remanded in imprisons custody on the order of the Kaduna State Government.

Those arrested, according to the statement issued on Monday, were mostly traditional rulers, elders and other community leaders who have spent 31 days in prison custody in Kaduna.

A statement signed by the National Assistant Secretary of ADA, Luka Waziri, explained that “Today (Monday) makes it almost 31 days that our leaders, elders and chiefs of the Adara nation were indiscriminately arrested in a blatant, injurious and a one-sided reckless abuse of state power never envisaged under a democratic government in Kaduna State.

“The unfortunate crisis that erupted in Kajuru Local Government provided an opportunity for statesmanlike conduct to flourish from the consciousness of those with the responsibility of dispensing not just justice but good governance, but what we got instead, was an aberration.

“Our leaders were arrested, locked up in police cells and later transferred to the Kaduna Prison under bogus and ludicrous charges.”

They accused the government of visiting the people of Adara with vengeance. “Despite six attacks on different Adara villages happening after their arrests, despite hundreds killed and thousands displaced, none of the killers has been arrested.

“None, this is despite all the attacks happening for hours in daylight. But Adara chiefs from different villages in Kajuru were invited and arrested. But none from those attacking our communities have even been questioned or detained. Our governor who was quick to reel out statistic himself to the media has probably not seen that Karamai, Ungwan Barde, Dogon noma, Kymara and Ungwan Gora villages have all been attacked and burnt down to the ground.

“When will he also speak for us? Aren’t we humans too, aren’t we also part of those he swore to protect? Why this unfair and partial treatment to us as a people? “

Waziri argued that “A government that is anchored on the principle of economic, social and environmental justice, those glories on the noble pursuit of strengthening the institutions of justice is missing in the Adara crisis, Justice has been rubbished in pursuit of a sponsored hegemonic enthronement.

“The unfortunate aspect is that political and religious considerations have made so many to even turn their backs on the carnage taking place in our villages. Apart from coping with our leaders in prison, we are also digging mass graves to bury our dead, running up and down to provide for the thousands of our displaced ones and tending to those in hospitals. In all these, the state government is not bothered but bent on appeasing the killers while they kill us.

“We insist that our leaders are innocent and should be released. We reiterate the fact that the Kaduna state government is engaged in a punitive exercise to simply humiliate, punish and ensure the destruction of the Adara nation. It should be noted that peace cannot thrive where there is injustice. It is even worse when those in authority openly display a corrosive bias in favour of those they consider as theirs.”

The Adara people listed names of their community leaders who were arrested and presently in prison custody, among others, as Bawa Magaji, (Wazirin Adara) who is also the acting Agom Adara; retired Commissioner of Police, Mr Sani Magaji, (the Baradan Adara), Awemi Dio Maisamari, National President of the Adara Development Association; Mr Joseph Abdullahi, National Treasurer, ADA; and Mr Tanko Maisamari, village head of Maro.

Also detained are, Mr Hosea Danladi, Village head Ungwan Gamo; Mr Joseph Ayuba, Village Head of Kutura; Mr Tanko Wada, Village head of Ayuba; and Mr Ulu Maitumbi, elder Ungwan Barde village.

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