If you're among those that think the 'Area Boy' menace is limited to Lagos? Well, think again. In Sokoto State, the fear of social miscreants popularly known as Area boys has increased significantly, even though the state prides itself as the most peaceful state in the federation. Yet residents are being troubled by the activities of area boys. Criminal activities ranging from rape, theft, arson, intimidation to extortion are daily embarked upon by these elements even as they are hardly challenged by the appropriate authorities. The hooligans have also started extorting money from non-politicians, and this has resulted in attacks whenever the victims pose any resistance.
Many law-abiding residents have been attacked in their homes. Just few days ago (On 23rd Oct. 2014) a young boy of 21 years old Bilyaminu Yusuf Yabo was murdered in cold blood by these thugs who it is believed forcefully snatched his life by strangling him to death on the faithful day when the sad, disheartening and provocative event took place. The murder took place at a house called "Gidan Dawaki" which Is not more than 50 meters away from the State Governor's main residence, in fact the house belongs to the governor who gave it out to his nephew Bello wamakko aka "Bello Coach". The place which has now become very notorious place for harassing law abiding citizens/passerby, hard drugs market, with several cases of rape and killings committed regularly by the Gang members living around the house. This ruthless action which led to heartless killing of young Bilyaminu Yusuf was not the first incident to have happened around the area. A few months back, a 25-year-old man, Aminu Abdullahi of Rijiya Area of Sokoto metropolis was allegedly murdered by four persons suspected to be area boys. The tragic incident was said to have occurred at thesame Gidan dawaki.
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The late Abdulahi was set ablaze by his killers after a callous beating. The assailants took to their heels immediately. They were never found. Another victim was one Hamidu Mohammed, a police constable attached to Kwanni Divisional headquarters in the Sokoto State Police Command. He also met his death in the hands of the area boys. Another victim was one Sanusi, a 25-year-old man said to be preparing for his wedding. He was stabbed to death by a man suspected to be a social miscreant. During the 2011 elections in the state, another pathetic incident happened in broad daylight in Wurno, a sleepy town in the state when some miscreants attacked residents during a campaign rally. In the process, one Yahaya Bello, an 18-year-old man, became a victim of the attack as he had his left arm chopped off. The restive youths were alleged to have been in the entourage of a politician in the state.
Although the police, have severally made arrest for this thugs but yet few days later they will be bailout by some powerful politicians in the state. One of this incident, was the arrest of four people in connection with various attacks that happened in the metropolis, Including one of the prime suspect, a man called Bashir Arzika aka " Basiru Marar Gwiwa" whom have confessed that he carried out the act of killing many innocent lives but to your surprise he's currently running freely like bird in Sokoto, and even got a brand new Mercedes Benz from the governor as a compensation for his arrest. Another Malam Ibrahim Kware of Mabera area of the metropolis was one of the many victims of the attack. He was, however, lucky to escape unhurt. Many recidents of the area can no longer conduct their daily activities freely because of the fear of attacks from the hand of these area boys especially in the evening time upwards. The way these boys intimidate people in the state with their dangerous weapons is alarming, and they operate freely, not only at offices but also in any residential houses. They demand for money with intimidation.' Our prayer is May the Almighty Allah bring an end to this ruthless act and those that sponsor such acts, May Allah bring peace & stability to our dear state and the country in general May He ( the Almighty ) also have mercy on Bilyaminu Yabo and the rest of victim and grant them Jannatul- firdaus. Ameen Written by Sadiq Yabo
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