The Coalition of Community Based Security Organisations, Kaduna State has expressed concern over the rise in gang violence in the state, saying over 200 lives have been lost to activities of the gangs.
The group, in a report on criminal activities of thuggery by groups known as ‘Sulhu’ and ‘Ba Sulhu’ addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State and copied to the governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, the GOC, Director, SSS, Commandant, NSCDC and the Emir of Zazzau, and made available to Daily Trust yesterday, said the activities of the group manifested in the state since about 10 years ago.
The letter, signed by the coalition chairman and secretary, Shehu Usman Dantudu and Comrade Abdullahi M. Bashir respectively, said the group has been engaging in criminal activities such as ‘sara suka’, ‘shara’ (indiscriminate attack of every element), armed robbery, mobile handset snatching, rape, thuggery and many other vices.
They disclosed that the groups are found in most communities within Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Chikun, Zaria local government areas and others.
“As a result of the animosity between the two groups, over 200 lives have been lost which comprise both members of the group as well as innocent citizens of the state.
“The groups have continually terrorized and succeeded in planting fear in the minds of the people. Members of warring groups are grooming upcoming youth to continue with their nefarious activities,” the coalition added.