Three persons were reported killed, 15 kidnapped and cattle rustled, last Tuesday when armed hoodlums attacked some communities in Sokoto Catholic Diocese.
The Diocesan Director of Social Communication, Rev. Fr. Chris Omotosho, lamented that “the killings in our area of jurisdiction is getting very worrisome”, even as he appealed to the Federal Government to save the citizenry from the rampaging killers in Nigeria.
Giving a graphic account of the recent attack at Gidan Namune, Katsina State, Fr. Omotosho said: “Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah is heartbroken over this latest incident.
“Gidan Namune is a village in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State. It is a Christian community and one of the outstations of St. Joseph’s Parish, Layin Minista, in the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto.
“Last Tuesday, December 1, 2020, the village was attacked by unknown gunmen in the early hours of that day. According to eyewitnesses, the rampaging marauders first attacked two of their neighbouring villages namely, Gidan Boka and Gidan Tanki that same night, grisly killing two people and shot another, who is now receiving medical attention in a hospital. The criminals rustled their cattles and kidnapped about 15 persons.”
Continuing, Fr. Omotosho recalled that “after the bandits left the scene and passing through Namune village, they shot to death Mr. Mathew Mamman, who was laying down on his sickbed and couldn’t run for his dear life.”
The Diocesan Director of Social Communication was particularly irked that after killing Mamman, the criminals combed every house and looted all valuable properties on sight.
His words: “This is the third time this community is suffering attack from the bandits. The first time was in October this year. They attacked them and took away six youths from the community. It was only when ransom was paid that the victims were freed.
“The second was a week ago when the community was invaded and their cattle rustled and this last one. All these happened without the presence of security personnel and no word from the government.”
While saying that late Mr. Mathew Mamman has been buried in his community, according to Catholic burial rites, Fr. Omotosho however, expressed deep worry that “it appears the people are simply left to their fate”.
Answering another question the priest described what has been happening in Kankara and Malumfashi local council areas as ” most unfortunate”.
“The number one responsibility of government is to provide security of life and property of its citizens. This we haven’t seen as people are being killed and kidnapped and paying ransom has become the order of the day in our rural communities. This is shameful, insulting and very annoying. What a country! What a state in Katsina. Allah wadai”, Fr. Omotosho said.