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Local Hunters Cry Out Against Harassment By KDSG

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group of local hunters in Anguwan Shanu, Kaduna North Local Government Area, has called on the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to stop harassing them as they are only performing their legitimate work as hunters without affiliation to any group or political party.

Leader of the group, Usman Mohammed disclosed this while speaking to the media in Kaduna on Monday.

Recounting the group’s ordeal in the hands of security agents, Mohammed said the local hunters were invited to a meeting at the office of the Special Adviser to Governor El-Rufai on Islamic Matters, Namadi Musa sometimes late 2017, and were told that the government is willing to partner with them especially in area of tackling a notorious gang popularly called ‘Sara-suka’.

He added that as a leader, he saw this as a good development because the group; Sara-suka is becoming a threat to peace and harmony in Kaduna metropolis.

“We mobilized our members for the meeting at the said office. After the discussion our contacts and phone numbers were collected and we were told to on standby for further directives.

“Surprisingly after few weeks, we learnt that our members were being traced to their homes and picked up by security agents where they were taken into custody, beaten and tortured.

“I was also arrested and after torturing, they asked me to write a statement indicting some prominent politicians in the state especially those perceived to be enemies of the government in power.

“To this, I bluntly refused and was only set free after they saw that nothing was forthcoming from me. After my freedom, I went to the Special Adviser to Governor El-Rufai on Islamic Matters, Namadi Musa’s office to complain and also informed him that all the people whose contacts and numbers were collected at the meeting have been picked up.

“It is then he revealed to me that those members who attended the meeting in his office were thugs working for opponents of the government. This is surprising to me, because in my life, I have been a local hunter selling my games to people.

“Local hunters are not thugs. Let me say here categorically that we are not being sponsored by anybody to work against the State Government, therefore, our members still under custody should be released and allowed to practice their inherited trade without hindrance,” he said.

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