His Royal Highness Sir Dominic Gambo Yahaya, the Paramount Ruler of Agwatyap Chiefdom in Zanko-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, is in constant fear of armed militias, kidnappers, and evil men who have reduced the area to a conquered territory by ravaging it at will, killing, maiming, abducting men, women, and children in droves and destroying anything meaningful for reasons yet to be made known to him and his people.
His concerns appear genuine and duly acknowledged by the authorities at the local, state, and federal levels in that at the last quarterly briefing organized by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan and Governor Nasir el-Rufai, specifically appealed to the royal father to continue to be patient over the security challenges in his kingdom as the government takes more measures to contain them. And, the royal father’s headache has metastasized, he is not only seriously troubled but can no longer hide his frustration.
His anger and disappointment stem from the fact that shortly after the security briefing, criminal elements invaded his Atyap Kingdom and slaughtered no fewer than 12 natives, among them six women, three men, and three children. Two of the slain women were pregnant. Before that brutal onslaught, gunmen had descended on many other Atyap communities and snuffed life out of 50 members. They destroyed 254 homes and seven churches in Gora Gida, Wawa Rafi, Warkan, Manyie-Aywie, Ahtak-Kanai, Magata, Magauri, Matyei, Abuyab, Magamia, Makarau, Mayayit, Manchong, and Ma’door.
When the report of these unwarranted deaths and destructions got to him, an alarmed and enraged royal father, Yahaya exploded: “I find these recurring attacks most distressful and disturbing as the killers who are known to have lived among the communities, when they set out to maim and kill, will always call the victims out by their names, to notify them of their mission to kill before committing the dastardly acts on the helpless farmers.
“It has reached a sorry state that no farmer can venture out to the farmland, as the chances of returning home alive are very slim. This, no doubt, gives cause for alarm as the resultant effect of these actions will give rise to hunger in the land, since there would be no crops to harvest. At this juncture, it bears no exaggeration to say here that the Atyap land is under siege by armed bandits/herdsmen militias. These killings are condemnable, to say the least.