Kaduna our Kaduna
In all of it’s diversity and learning, a shocking truth is that Kaduna state Nigeria in recent times has become one of the most dangerous zones in the country.
Over the first six months of 2020, a Civic Media Lab collation of media reported deaths showed Kaduna state as among the most fatal. With a record of 493 persons killed between January and June, 178 kidnappings and other raids which add up to the tipping of the scales.
A shocking discovery is that the majority of the deaths carried out by herdsmen as collated by Life Count were in fact from Kaduna who had 63 cases and not Benue who recorded 26.
The most fatal of incidents reported was the 250 deaths on the 5th of February, 2020 that was recorded in a police raid at the well fortified bandit headquarters in Birnin Gwarin Kaduna. A very small town in northern Kaduna which is not so far from the major city that has been said to house perpetrators of atrocities.
The police were surprisingly engaged by a well supplied band who attacked the security force’s air team with anti-aircraft guns. The exchange resulted to a bloody February. One would start to think of how uncivilized bandits would have access to such modern ammunition.
On the 2nd of March, over 50 people were killed in Igabi local government area of Kaduna states. A witness said that even children were not spared in this madness.
Kidnappings happen all over Kaduna. The kidnappers range from Keke-napep riders to motorcyclists and motorists who use diabolical and extreme methods to abduct victims in their innocence.
Aside from conflicts that happen daily and armed robbery in the state, these are the unexpected situations. Situations that have claimed the lives of many who left their homes quite in search for the daily bread.
Has the fight for our lives threatened by Covid-19 worsened our security situation?
Or have the perpetrators of evil taken this as an opportunity to spread more mischief?
Are human beings a greater evil than a virus that threatens us all?
Are the people of Kaduna ever really safe?
Do they step out of their homes oblivious of the unthinkable?
Do they know how much danger is lurking in their own backyard?
Or has the Covid-19 situation tricked them into believing that the security threats are a lesser evil?