The head teacher of the almajiri schools, Nuhu Umar Riheya in Riheya village of Giwa Local government in Kaduna State says about 180 almajiri students were still missing, days after bandits launched attacked on some communities.
Mal Umar told Daily Episode correspondents that the terrorists, did not only killed their victims, but destroyed houses and took away several locals.
According to him, the almajiri students were frightened as it was their first time encountering such incidents, so they ran helter-skelter to avoid being killed.
Umar expressed worry as the Almajiri students were yet to return, days after the mass abduction, and they were nowhere to be found.
Recalled that armed bandits had stormed some villages on December 19, 2021, shooting sporadically and killing more than forty people.
The brutal attacks on the villages of Riheya, Kauran Pawa, and Marke in the Giwa local government area left many families in pain and agony.
The bandits reportedly abused women while looting shops, burning houses, and foodstuffs, forcing many villagers to flee and vacate their comfort homes.
The terrorist group abducted an unspecified number of people while almajiri students numbered about one hundred and eighty (180) are still missing.
Residents of Kauran Pawa village have continued to appeal to the government to deploy more troops in their village and neighboring communities as the bandits threaten to carry out more attacks.
Abdullahi Mamuda Kauran Powa noted that the terrorists attacked their community in broad daylight. “Several people were brutally killed, and the bandits operated for hours without the response of security operatives, despite several calls and efforts to reach them.”
The untold story of the victims
However, Ahmed Umar, who lost his brother, expresses fear while recounting how he escaped after hiding in a neighbor’s house.
In addition, Ahmed saw more than three hundred bandits on motorbikes while hearing their leader command them to commit injustices like killings, looting, and burning houses, cars, and bikes.
Maimuna Suleiman, a nursing mother who was abused by the bandits, recounts how she was beaten and robbed of the sum of N20,000.
“I just gave birth two days ago. While resting on the bed, I heard people shouting and chanting. Armed bandits invaded our village.
“I suddenly picked up my baby and began to run until I couldn’t run anymore. I was fortunate to enter one house where the bandits broke the door, abused us by beating and collecting money from us while threatening to kill our husbands and children,” she added.
The Kaduna state government confirmed the attacks on Riheya, Kauran Pawa, and Marke in the Giwa local government area of the state.