Southern Kaduna Crisis: Nigerian Govt Says 204 Killed

Yobe CAN Condemn Southern Kaduna KillingsThe National Emergency Management Agency in Nigeria (NEMA) has put the number of deaths that have occurred in Southern Kaduna as a result of the crisis there at 204.

In the last few months, clashes between Fulani herdsmen and locals in southern Kaduna, have also led to destruction of property.

NEMA is giving the figure weeks after a religious group gave a higher figure.

The Catholic Church had earlier said 808 people were killed as of December 2016, a figure disputed by the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris. Mr Idris did not however give a contrary number.

The Catholic Church also said 1,422 houses, 16 Churches, 19 shops, and one primary school were destroyed.

Premium Times quoted NEMA’s North West zonal Coordinator, Musa Ilella, as saying that the figure was for two Local Government Areas where the attacks have occurred – Kafanchan and Chikun LGAs.

The figure covers October, November and December, 2016 and early January, 2017, he said.

“Four districts in Kafanchan LGA namely: Linte,Goska,Dangoma and Kafanchan town recorded 194 deaths.

“Chikun LGA on the other hand recorded about 10 deaths, making a total of 204 so far,” he said.

Mr Ilella said there was no record of any injured victim in the hospital.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai had said the attackers were foreign Fulani herdsmen, who were avenging past attacks on them and their livestock.

The State and Federal Governments have been accused of not doing enough to end the killings.

In an effort to restore peace to the area, the Nigerian government last week announced the deployment of anti-riot police and soldiers to Southern Kaduna.

On Friday, a peace committee led by former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, visited Kaduna State and appealed to all aggrieved parties affected in the violent attacks to sheathe their swords and tolerate each other for the interest of peace in the state.

 

Foreign Fulani Militia Responsible For Southern Kaduna Killings – El-Rufai

herdsmen, kaduna killings, Godogodo villageGovernor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State claims the attacks on communities in the Southern part of the state were largely carried out by armed Fulani herdsmen from neighbouring west African countries.

Addressing reporters in his office on Tuesday, the governor explained that security reports revealed that most of the armed herdsmen come from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal to perpetrate the dastardly act.

Governor El- Rufai also said that his administration had established contacts with some leaders of the Fulani communities in those countries with a view to bringing the attacks to an end.

He pointed out that “some of them were from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal. Many of their people were killed, with cattle lost and they organised themselves and came back to revenge.

“We took certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to trace some of these people in Cameroon, Niger Republic and so on to tell them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for lives lost and he is begging you to stop the killing.

“In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to them, they said they have forgiven. There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said no problem.  Some of them have been paid,” the governor told reporters.

Governor El-Rufai further decried what he called attempts by some Nigerians to bring religion or ethnicity into the wanton killings in that part of the state.

“Some people don’t understand the burden of leadership. The same Fulanis are killing Fulanis in Zamfara. It is not about religion or ethnicity, this is a pure case of banditry. They are criminals, their ethnicity, their religion does not matter,” the governor said.

The Kaduna State governor, who reaffirmed his administration’s determination to protect lives and property of citizens of the state, said that his government had taken far-reaching measures including deployment of more security forces to the troubled areas.

Southern Kaduna has of recent, been turned into a killing field with scores of people killed in attacks the governor now says are carried out by foreign Fulani herdsmen.

In one of such attacks in the sleepy Godogodo community, 40 people were reportedly massacred with dozens of houses destroyed during a raid by the foreign Fulani marauders.