The terrorists’ burning of houses and killing of 32 civilians in Kajuru communities has elicited mixed reactions.
On Wednesday, June 9, 2022, Awemi Maisamari, the National President of the Adara Development Association, claimed that terrorists used a helicopter to strike Adara community in Kaduna State, killing over 30 people.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, refuted the stories of terrorists attacking from the air, but stated that 32 villagers were killed by terrorists who entered the communities less than 24 hours later.
He also issued a list of villages as well as the names of bandit victims.
Shehu Sani, a former Senator from Kaduna Central Senatorial District, who also corroborated the attack, expressed a different viewpoint. “, he explained.
“I was on the phone with a Kajuru youth leader, who confirmed the terrorist massacre of 32 persons in Kaduna.
“The alleged chopper may not have belonged to the terrorists, but it declined to act against them when they were slaughtering people and burning down houses,” he claimed.
Other prominent Nigerians who spoke out on the subject argued the state administration should have released verified information rather than relying on military and security agents’ feedback.
Dr. Moses Daniel, a former lecturer at the Nigeria Defence Academy’s Department of Conflict, Peace, and Strategic Studies, remarked that news releases can sometimes merely defuse tension and blind residents to a critical issue.
Yes, a government news statement and government personnel are deployed to defuse tensions. Government officials, on the other hand, must conduct independent verifications to get to the bottom of the matter. Security operatives are unable to reveal their flaws and instead attempt to conceal them.” He stated
“Consider an element of reality in tales of war when they are propagated by three or four people all claiming the same thing.”
He also cautioned the Kaduna State government to be wary of what some reputable sources say, and to constantly be sensitive to certain situations.
Dr. Mohammed Musa, former Head of Department, Political Science, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, also spoke with ecocitytv in Kaduna, and wondered how the NAF helicopter, which is hovering in the air, could not arrest or kill bandits, but only the story of 32 innocent people, villagers, and what happened to over 150 terrorists?
“At the very least, the NAF helicopter is on the air, seeing everything, even if the bandits are not present at the scene of the incident; from the air, it’s quite easy to watch and monitor terrorists fleeing in all directions.” What did the NAF helicopter’s security operatives do to the terrorists? Have they been apprehended or murdered?
He expressed sorrow over the deaths of 32 people and warned that if the terrorists are not apprehended quickly, they will attack another area.