Bandits have displaced 17 villages in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the said incident happened on Sunday at about 1:00pm.
NAN reports that the displaced persons, numbering about 2,000, have taken refuge at LEA Birnin Yero Primary School.
One of the victims and village head of Unguwan Gibe, Jibrin Abdullahi, told NAN, “Bandits came to our village to attack us at about 1:00 pm on Sunday.
“The problems started when vigilante decided to help the community to deal with the bandits in their hideout.
“The bandits don’t allow us to go to farm, the vigilantes wanted to bring an end to this. But when they reached the bandits’ hideout, they were overpowered and the bandits said since the community had decided to attack them, we will not have peace.”
He identified the villages that were displaced to include Tura, Unguwan Gebi, Unguwan Dangauta, Unguwan Nayawu, Unguwan Makeri, Jagani and Sabon Gida.
Others are, Dallatu, Unguwan Alhaji Ahmadu, Sabon Gari, Kusau, Gidan Sarkin Noma, Unguwan Pati, Unguwan Tofa and Sauran Giwa.
Continuing, he said, “I have three wives, but only two are with me.
“I don’t know where the other wife is now. As you can see, about 2,000 people are displaced.”
The village head disclosed that due to the activities of the bandits, the villagers no longer go to farm.
“I spent over N2m on my farm. However, for the past 25 days, I can’t go to farm due to bandits’ activities,” he added.
Also, the Chief Imam of Izala Mosque, Ibrahim Usman, said the bandits had been terrorising the community even before Sunday’s attack and called on government to intervene to enable them return home.
NAN reports that the refugees’ attempt to stage a demonstration by blocking the Kaduna-Zaria highway was thwarted by security agents.
The imam pleaded with the victims to be law-abiding and not to take laws into their hands.
Also, the village head of Birnin Yero, Umar Danyaro, where the victims are camped, described the situation as very unfortunate.
Danyaro said, “The bandits had been disturbing the people in their villages.
“On a daily basis, they kidnap at will, kill, take away their goods and animals.”
The district head of Rigachikun, Abdulrasheed Sani, pleaded with the victims not to take law into their hands and be patient, promising them that the situation would be addressed by the government.
NAN reports that officials of the State Emergency Management Agency were at the camp for on-the-spot assessment.(NAN)