January 27, 2023

Insecurity: SOKAPU battles to treat wounded victims of attacks after government neglect

The leadership of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union SOKAPU in collaboration with some individuals are battling to treat their wounded members after series of attacks on their communities by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The coordinated attacks by the suspected Fulani assailants in the Christian dominated parts of Kaduna state has led to deaths of hundreds of the natives, scores wounded with some of them disfigured and thousands displaced with houses and farmlands destroyed.

Many commentators have viewed the Southern Kaduna attacks as ethnic cleansing aimed at dislodging the natives to take over their ancestral land by force. They also perceived the government ‘s inaction to end the killings as complicit.

Speaking to the Lightbearer, the spokesperson of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Mr. Luka Binniyat, said the government has neglected even the wounded victims that are currently in different hospitals in Kaduna and Plateau States.

“We are looking for money to treat them, the Kaduna state government has not given us or the local governments 1kobo. So we are looking for money all round and the hospitals bills are very huge” he said.

Roughly, Mr. Binniyat counted almost 40 of the wounded victims currently receiving treatment in mostly government hospitals in Kaduna state apart from those who are receiving treatment in some hospitals in Plateau state.

“Government is not interested in anything that happens to our people and the local governments will tell you that they don’t have money, so it is the individuals that are making contributions” Mr. Binniyat added.

Many of the displaced natives who are predominantly farmers with only farming as their means of livelihood are now languishing on the streets while some are in IDPs camps without farming activities this year.

The SOKAPU spokesman also disclosed to the Lightbearer that some of their members who were arrested illegally by security agency during last Saturday peaceful protest have been released.