People of Kwapre and Dabna villages in Adamawa State’s Hong Local Government Area was recently forced to leave their homes due to bandit attacks.
Kwapre, Dabna, Lar, Zah, and other nearby villages are in Garaha Ward, which also contains the homes of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, and the killed Nigerian Army Brigadier General Dzarma Zurkusu.
According to a community leader in Garaha, Honorable Hyella, people fled Kwapre to escape being trapped.
“There are now only seven people left in Kwapre; the rest have moved to Hong or Pella.”
People have strong reason to flee for their lives, as 52 people were kidnapped in April of this year, with only eight of them returning home since then. People are forced to flee for their lives now that there is a resurgence of suspected bandits in the neighborhood.
“Kidnappings occur on a daily basis, thus people must flee.” The bandits have started taxing people; so far, they’ve imposed safety taxes on Dabna, Sushiu, Lar, and a number of other villages in the Duguba district.”
“The inhabitants of Dabna have moved to Gombi, a neighbouring town, and Hong,” a source who desired anonymity stated. “There are still a few families there, maybe 10 or so,” he said.
DSP Suleiman Nguroje, a spokesman for the Adamawa State Police, acknowledged the incidents in the region but did not go into detail.
“There is a kidnapping scare in those villages, yes.” It’s understandable that folks be worried. However, the Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ahmed Barde, has ordered troops to be deployed to protect the districts,” he stated.