Popular musician who lost dad to bandits in Kaduna shares traumatic experience


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Popular musician, Joel Amadi aka Joe El says he has not been able to get over the trauma of his father’s killing by bandits in 2020.

Amadi had revealed at the time that his father, a pig farmer, was shot three times in the head in Zikpak Village, Kafanchan, in the volatile Southern Kaduna.

“One of the traumas I still go through is that anytime any of my sisters or mum calls me, the first thing that pops up in my head is ‘Hope these people are safe’? That fear just comes.

“On the day that incident happened, it was my younger sister who called and when I answered the phone, she narrated everything to me. She told me how they hid under the bed, while gunshots were sounding everywhere.

“Since my dad’s demise, anytime I sleep, even if it’s a 30 minutes nap, I see myself in a dream battling with bandits or herdsmen. Now, I have even become used to it because it hit me so hard. I am the only son and have to take care of three grown women (sisters and mum). Anytime I look around and see that my dad is not around, it makes me feel very miserable. But, prayers have been keeping me strong. Anytime I feel ‘down’, I talk to God and I beg Him to give me strength because I have to stay alive and strong for my mother and sisters,” Amadi told Sunday Punch.

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