Gunmen Kill One, Injure Five In Fresh Kaduna Attack

Gunmen Kill One, Injure Six In Fresh Kaduna AttackUnknown gunmen have attacked Zankan village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna state, killing one person and injuring five others.

Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said that the gunmen invaded the community, a predominantly Fulani settlement on Saturday night and opened fire on the residents.

He said that security operatives have been deployed to the area to avert any form of fresh attacks or reprisal.

An indigene of the area and Deputy Chief Imam in Jema’a Emirate Council, Mohammed Kabiru also disclosed that the gunmen attacked the village at about 9PM.

He said that they shot a 13-year-old boy dead, while other injured persons have been rushed to a hospital in nearby Plateau state.

The attack comes barely three days after Fulanis and natives of Southern Kaduna reached an accord to end the killings in the area.

Zankan is a border town between Plateau and Kaduna state.

We’ve Lost 6,000 Cows In Southern Kaduna Violence – Miyetti Allah

We've Lost 6,000 Cows In Southern Kaduna Violence – Miyetti AllahThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) has claimed that its members lost no fewer than 6,000 cows since the Southern Kaduna violence started.

Addressing reporters in Kaduna, Secretary of the association in the state, Musa Gambo, insisted that the Fulani were also victims of the violence, having lost many of their kinsmen and property worth millions of Naira during the attacks.

He accused religious leaders of fueling the recent crisis in Southern Kaduna for their own selfish advantage.

“How can we be involved in the killing of our brothers, whom our great grandparents have lived with and with whom we are living with our children and wives?

“Unfortunately, we have been accused of being the perpetrators of the crisis, and even some are saying that Miyetti Allah will carry out reprisals. At no time did we issue any such irresponsible article to any media.

“As a peace-loving association, which has contributed immensely to the peace and reconciliation efforts not only in Southern Kaduna but also in the entire country, we will never descend so low as to advocate crisis,” Gambo said.

Also, the Jema’a Emirate Council in Kaduna State has said that the Emir of Jema’a, Alhaji Muhammad Isah II, was attacked by some disgruntled youths at Samaru Kataf in Zango Kataf.

The council was reacting to the denial of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) in some media outlets that the Emir was not attacked.

Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, the Deputy Chief Imam of Jema’a Central Mosque, Alhaji Kabir Kassim, alleged that on January 17, 2017, after attending a security meeting in Kaduna, the Emir’s convoy was attacked by some armed youths and that three vehicles were destroyed.

Kafanchan Crisis: Protesters Burn Jema’a LG Chairman’s House, Worship Places

Bege Katuka, Kaduna, Protesters, Kafanchan, Jema’aSome youths in Kaduna State have attacked the residence of the Chairman of Jema’a Local Government Area, Dr. Bege Katuka, during a protest over the killing of their people by suspected herdsmen.

Dr. Katuka’s residence, which is located a few meters away from the council’s secretariat, was burnt down completely while some houses, shops, vehicles and places of worship were also torched.

The angry youths accused the chairman and the State government of not doing enough to stop the persistent killings going on in Southern Kaduna.

Witnesses told Channels Television that the incident occurred on Monday night and lasted till the early hours of Tuesday.

In his reaction, Dr. Katuka described the protest as politically motivated and aimed at breaching the fragile peace in the area.

The protest has led to the imposition of a curfew on Jema’a and Kauru local government areas of Kaduna State in northwest Nigeria.

Having suspended all his official engagements, Governor Nasir El-Rufai visited the affected areas with his deputy and top government officials and subsequently held a Security Council meeting in Kafanchan.

This is the second time the governor is holding such meeting in Kafanchan in 2016, as part of effort to find a lasting solution to the attacks that have claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed property worth millions of Naira.

While the meeting was ongoing, hundreds of women and youths gathered outside the compound of the venue, demanding to see the governor.

Addressing the women, Governor El-Rufai urged them to remain calm and assured them that the government was doing its best to beef up security and bring normalcy to the area.

He also stressed the importance of living in peace with one another, adding that no matter the effort of government, the people hold the key to lasting peace in the area.

The governor also visited the Emir of Jema’a, Muhammadu Isah Muhammadu, Chief of Kagoro, Ufoi Bonet and Chief of Marwa, Tagwai Sambo, where he solicited for their support in restoring peace to the area.