By: Sola Omoniyi
Insecurity: 21 Farmworkers Kidnapped On A Farmland In Mayardua Katsina State
The residents of Mayardua are in deep concern and fear as terrorists kidnapped 21 youths who were working as farmworkers on a farm close to Kompani Mayardua village in the Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State on October 30, 2022
Recalls that terrorists had swooped on the same local Government headquarters in December 2020 where they abducted 344 students of the Government Science Secondary school, Faskari. The students were later released after spending six days in terrorists’ captivity.
Speaking of this recent abduction, a man who gave his name as Muntari Auwalu said his niece was one of the victims.
The man, who is a business motorcyclist in Katsina, said he was called on Sunday night that his niece, Asia was kidnapped along with others in the afternoon on the farm. She said efforts were being made as at Wednesday to source for ransom being demanded by the terrorists on the victims.
Auwalu, who did not reveal the amount, said, “I was called about midnight on Sunday that Asia had been abducted and that the terrorists were yet to get across to us on what their demands were. Asia is preparing for her wedding. I think that made her go and do the farmhand job where she was abducted.
“I live in Katsina where I operate commercial motorcycles since terrorists have made it impossible for us to go to our farms again back home at Mairuwa.
“I get in touch with home every day and as at this morning (Wednesday), I was told the terrorists had made known their demands while I was asked to source for my own share of the contribution. I won’t be able to tell you the amount as it is our people at home who have the facts and figures. I will only appeal to the authorities to improve security in our communities. I and many others from Mairuwa relocated from the village because of the terrorists.”
Residents said the terrorists surrounded the farmland around 3pm on Sunday, October 30, 2022, when the youths were busy harvesting crops on the farmland.
The youths were said to have been employed as labourers from the various communities surrounding the farm, with majority of them said to have been from Mairuwa village.
The list of the victims made available by the Katsina Police command showed that no fewer than seven girls were among them.
The list also confirmed that the victims were between the ages of 16 and 21.
The names of the victims as received from the police command were Lawal,18; Mandiya,18; Bilikisu (female) 18; Samaila,16; Awanu,16; Dalha,21; Umeh Abdullahi (female),18; Hadiza, (female) 17; Ibrahim Dalha (17); Zainab (female) 17; Aliyu Baba (15) and Yusufu Dana (15).
The rest are Abdullahi, 18; Samaila,18; Shehu,17; Asia Abdul (female) 19; Suwera (female) 16; Abdullahi,17; Aminat (female)18; Sani,15; and Nafiu,17.
It was also alleged that the owner had earlier given the terrorists one million naira so that he could harvest his crops without being molested or abducted. Nobody could confirm this however.
Also, a man who was said to act as a farm supervisor for the man and who was said to be based in Mairuwa, could not be located on Wednesday. The house residents said the farm supervisor used to stay was in the village was locked up and abandoned as at Wednesday afternoon.
The spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, confirmed the kidnap and clarified that 21 youths were abducted.
He said, “The youths were abducted on the September 30, 2022, in the afternoon but the report of the incident got to the police at 19.40 hours same day (7.40pm.). Those kidnapped were 21 in all. Since then, we have been making efforts to see to their rescue. Whenever there is new development, I will keep you informed.”
According to the reports, the kidnappers, however, insisted on having a dialogue with the owner of the farm where the victims were abducted.