Residents Flee As Bandits Attack Kaduna Ruga Community

Image of the deserted village following the bandit’s attack.

 

Suspected bandits have attacked a ruga settlement at Agwala village in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State leaving many homeless.

The bandits were reported to have invaded the community in broad daylight, set houses of the locals ablaze, thereby forcing them to flee the community for their lives.

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The leader of the Fulani community told Channels Television that the attack was carried out by outsiders as they have lived peacefully with their Adara neighbours in the past 20 years.

Chairman Miyetti Allah Kajuru, Yusuf Musa, noted that although no life was lost, properties destroyed are so much that they cannot be accounted for.

“When they came, they put fire in our houses and left. Some of the people called my attention to this and told me what happened.

“This was after the bandits have left and the residents were going to remove what was left of the shambles. What was lost is so much that I cannot count them all,” the Chairman Miyetti Allah Kajuru, Yusuf Musa said.

Following the attack which was carried out on Friday, security officials led by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs visited the community for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

Agwala Dutse is a small ruga settlement in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State largely inhabited by Fulani herdsmen and their families.

Their major occupation includes herding and farming.

The Kaduna State Government had launched multiple military operations in Kajuru since 2018 to help end the attacks, but the security chiefs say dialogue, tolerance and mutual trust are key to ending the conflicts in the area.

Obasanjo Meets With Representatives Of Fulani Community

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has met with repressentatives of the fulani community in the Southwest including Kwara and Kogi states, to seek solutions to the recurring clashes between farmers and herders. 

The former president met the group, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria at his hill top home in Abeokuta the Ogun State Capital.

The group blamed the current security situation partly on the alleged inability to access security operatives to air the grievances and those profiting from the situation.

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On his part, former President Olusegun Obasanjo recommended genuine dialogue and constant discussions as part of the measures capable of resolving the current security concerns between farmers and herders in the country.

Chief obasanjo however, asked the leaders of the association to take the message of peace and harmonious relationships to the grassroots where they reside.