In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 23rd, August, 2020

How I Misplaced My Pregnant Daughter-In-Regulation, Grandchildren In Southern Kaduna Assault

How I Lost My Pregnant Daughter-In-Law, Grandchildren In Southern Kaduna Attack

Bitrus Auta

Bitrus Auta

A 52-year-old farmer, Bitrus Auta, in this interview with GODWIN ISENYO, talks about how he misplaced his 30-year-old daughter-in-law with a seven-month-old being pregnant and her two kids to an assault on his village by herdsmen in Southern Kaduna.

What’s your identify and age?

My identify is Bitrus Auta, a 52-year-old farmer from Sabon Kaura, Kigudu in Kaura Native Authorities Space of Kaduna State. I now reside in an internally displaced individuals’ camp following an assault on our village by suspected Fulani Herdsmen. On that day, our village was fully taken over by the gunmen. They invaded the village and began taking pictures indiscriminately. The gunshots woke me and different members of my household. I advised them, ‘Bandits have taken over the village and we should run for our pricey lives.’ We ran right into a farm that was not distant from our dwelling that night time. Sadly, we found later that my pregnant daughter-in-law and her two kids couldn’t escape. They have been trapped in the home fully razed down by the bandits. My daughter-in-law had a seven-old-month being pregnant when she died. Her identify was Tabitha Victor. She was aged 30 and her two kids have been 5 and 10. Nevertheless, my son escaped. They have been residing in Kano State however as a result of they hadn’t visited us since they obtained married, they got here round. Sadly, they misplaced their lives.

How are you positive the attackers have been Fulani militia?

It’s not hidden. We all know them. These have been individuals we had lived along with for a few years with out bother. We heard their language. They attacked each home within the village, unchallenged.

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Why do you assume they attacked you?

We don’t know. We’ve lived with a few of them for over 30 years.

You imply there was no rift between you and the attackers earlier than the assault?

As I stated, we had been residing with them peacefully as neighbours earlier than they immediately left, just for them to return and assault us. We all know them. Once they got here to assault us, they referred to as out our names.

When was the final assault?

They first entered Chibuak earlier than coming to our village at Sabon Kaura, after which they moved to a different village.

How would you describe your relationship along with your murdered daughter-in-law?

We had been staying peacefully earlier than her life was lower quick by the killers. Like I stated earlier, she was residing in Kano along with her household earlier than they visited us. She was an excellent lady.

What was her occupation?

She was a dealer.

 

What do you do for a residing?

I’m a farmer however due to the assaults, we will’t go to the farm any longer. Our farm will need to have been overrun by weeds by now. We don’t know the place else to go from this IDP camp. We couldn’t even decide a mat from our home as a result of it was fully burnt.

How did your son escape, leaving his spouse and youngsters behind?

When the Fulani invaded our space, I woke up each member of the household. Everyone ran out however sadly, she and the kids have been trapped in the home. They have been in one other room. We didn’t know they didn’t come out till we escaped to the farm.

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Are you seemingly to return to your village to proceed along with your farming if the whole lot normalises?

Why not? Farming is all I do know. I’ve no formal schooling. I wish to return to the farm.

What’s your message to the authorities over the persistent assaults on Southern Kaduna communities?

The authorities ought to attempt as a lot as attainable to cease the killings.

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Supply: Sunday PUNCH

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