Days after Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State raised the alarm that Boko Haram and Ansaru terrorists are now in forests across the state, a community leader in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna state Zubar Abdurra’uf has shared more insight on how Ansaru terrorists have taken over some communities and are protecting the residents from attacks by armed bandits.
Speaking in an interview on Channels Television’s breakfast programme Sunrise Daily on Monday May 23, a community leader in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna state Zubar Abdurra’uf said some of the locals feel secure having them around to help fight against those he called bandits in the UAC forest.
Abdurra’uf who is also a former Head of Kaduna State Media Corporation, also revealed that the terrorists ride on motorcycles in military uniforms across the communities.
If you look at Giwa and Birnin Gwari, the Ansaru presence is still there; nobody knows their motive. In some areas, the Ansaru are patrolling the roads and you’ll see them with their arms and even the military fatigues.
“If you go from Maganda in Birni Gwari LGA to old Birnin Gwari up to Funtua, you would see these people(terrorists)…
“The Ansaru is in charge on these roads and if they spot any armed bandit…any Fulani bandit they chase them away. That road is more secured than the Kaduna to Birnin Gwari Road because the Ansaru is in charge.”
The community leader also said the terrorists are prominent in “eastern part of Birnin Gwari and some part of Giwa LGA notably in 6 wards Kidandan, Galadimawa, Katarge, Yaka Wada and to some extent Bangoya”.
When asked if the people are okay with the arrangement, he said the locals, who are being indoctrinated, are forced to choose between the two evils of the terrorists and bandits but they rather pick the terrorists who seem more friendly.