The Police have paraded 17 suspects who were arrested in Kafanchan and environs for inciting public disturbance, disturbance of public peace, causing mischief by fire, culpable homicide, theft and unlawful possession of prohibited fire arms.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP. Jimoh Moshood, told newsmen on Thursday that the arrests were result of the resolve by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris to put a final stop to the crisis in Kafanchan and neighboring communities in Kaduna state.
The IGP, according to Mr Moshood, had since constituted a Joint Tactical Operation Squad (Operation Harmony), comprising the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Intelligence Response Team, SIB, EOD, the IGP Monitoring Unit, Police K9 (Sniffer Dog Section), Police Air wing and Police Medical Team with Headquarters in Kafanchan.
“The operation recorded remarkable achievements in tackling the crisis and preventing further disturbance of public peace across southern Kaduna,” he stated.
He added that a total of 29 assorted firearms and ammunition were recovered from the possession of the suspects.
“All the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigation for inciting public disturbance, disturbance of public peace, causing mischief by fire, culpable homicide, theft and unlawful possession of prohibited fire arms
“The Inspector General of Police wishes to assure the good people and communities of Southern Kaduna of adequate security and protection of their lives and properties and hereby enjoin them to be law abiding and give peace a chance to prevail and cooperate with the Police personnel deployed in their localities,” he concluded.
The suspects paraded by the Police are:
Nelson Paul ‘M’ 36years native of Kaninkon Jamma’a LGA Kaduna state
Bulus Jatau ‘M’ age 32yrs from Jamma’a LGA of Kaduna state.
Magaji Shaibu ‘M’ age 30years from Chinkun LGA of Kaduna state
Danlami Yakubu ‘M’ age 28years from Chinkun LGA of Kaduna state
Idris bello ‘M’ Chinkun LGA of Kaduna state
Danjuma Barde ‘M’ 39 age from Chikun LGA of Kaduna state
Danjuma barde chikun ‘M’ age 39years from LGA of Kaduna state
Goma Adamu ‘M’ age 28years from Chukwum LGA of Kaduna state
Samuel Joshua ‘M’ age 29years from Chinkun LGA of Kaduna state
Abudulkareem Abdul ‘M’ age 20years from Rigasa LGA of Kaduna state
Haruna Iliyasu ‘M’ age 20years Kiru LGA of Kaduna state
Hassan Idris ‘M’ age 25years from Tsafe of Kaduna state
Adamu Haruna ‘M’ 28years from Chikwun of Kaduna stste
Adamu Umar ‘M’ age 27years Chikwun LGA of Kaduna state
Sulieman Saleh ‘M’ age 30 from Chinkun LGA of Kaduna state
Abubakar Mohammadu ‘M’ age 20years from Chikwun LGA of Kaduna state.
Muhammadu Jori ‘M’ age 33years from Igabi LGA of Kaduna state
The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has intensified aerial patrol over the Sambisa forest in a renewed effort to deny Boko Haram terrorists who might have escaped the latest onslaught against the insurgents from regrouping.
The development was revealed in a statement issued on Friday by the Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa.
Group Captain Famuyiwa said: “The over 60,000 km2 forest is being painstakingly patrolled day and night by NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft, to deny the fleeing insurgents the opportunity to regroup and launch attack against host communities and own surface troops on clearance operation”.
In a similar operation, NAF deployed ISR platforms for surveillance activities over Samaru, Katab, Zonkwa, Kafanchan and other troubled areas in southern part of Kaduna State, including the Kaduna metropolis.
The Air Force spokesman explained that the ongoing operations were aimed at supporting the surface forces, as well as restoring confidence in the people living in the affected areas.
He added that the air operations would also seek out the hideouts used by criminal elements and armed bandits within the troubled areas.
Aside employing air power to flush out the bandits, the Air Force also relayed the intelligence gathered from its ISR operations to land forces to aid the conduct of the entire operations.
Maisamari, who is also a member of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union said: “As I speak today, there is a concentration of these armed men in our bushes. Infact there is a kind of Sambisa of some sort.
Meanwhile, the Barrister in reaction to this stated that the Union feels the President should have spoken up on the matter, long before now.
“However, we still feel it is a good move and a step in the right direction”.
Furthermore, he explained that residents of communities such as Goska, of which he is an indigene, no longer go to their farm lands as a result of fear of being attacked.
“As I tell you today, my people can no longer go to their farms to harvest their crops. Some have even been set ablaze.
“Even just about 48 hours ago, one Mr Makus, was killed on his farm and his corpse is still lying there.”
He explained that his claims are not based on suspicion or speculation but are rather based on facts that can be investigated.
“I am assuring you that they are there in the bushes- Infact that is the only problem we have now.”
The union representative also hinted on a possibility of many residents dying if the situation is not immediately addressed.
“The people don’t have offices to go to, their farm lands are their offices, so if they cannot go to their farms, to harvest the remnants of the crops that have been destroyed by these killers, then you are as well telling them that you can go to die.”
He then appealed that the security men deployed to Kafanchan, should move into the bushes and fish the criminals out as soon as possible.
Also as part of efforts to conquer the increasing number of the militants, the Nigerian Airforce has also commenced aerial surveillance of forests and communities located in the southern part of the state.
Soldiers from the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, have recovered arms and ammunition from suspected Fulani herdsmen and villagers during an operation in Southern Kaduna.
The soldiers were deployed to the area as part of efforts to end the killings in some communities in the area.
The General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Kaduna State, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, who disclosed this in a statement, explained that the Army had been meeting with the Fulani and the villagers in a bid to find a lasting solution to the crisis.
He said the Army authorities had also approved two battalions to be stationed in Southern Kaduna for as long as possible.
He said, “We have presently mopped up arms from the Fulani herdsmen and the locals.
“Our operations based on intelligence gathering are still ongoing and we are also working with the Department of State Services.
“As it is well known, the Army has approved two battalions to be stationed in Southern Kaduna. One of them is in Kafanchan. So, we are not leaving. We will be there for as long as it’s necessary.
“We have other fundamental issues in the area, which the political leadership needs to resolve.
The Governor has engaged various stakeholders and as our operations continue, peace is returning.
“People are returning to their villages. However, it will take some time for them to calm down.
“They are repairing their burnt houses and they are also clearing their farmlands.
“We have assured them of maximum protection on their farms, and also for the Fulani herdsmen when they need to lead their cows for grazing”.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been giving instructions for decisive measures aimed at bringing an end to the recurring acts of violence and destruction in the Southern part of Kaduna State.
President Buhari has equally directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna, SEMA, to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.
This is according to Presidential Spokesperson, Garba Shehu.
According to him, the Inspector-General of Police, on the directive of President Buhari, was in the region on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation at first hand.
“In addition to the conventional policemen deployed in the area, a squadron of mobile policemen has now been stationed there.
As part of the measures aimed at restoring law and order in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian Army says it plans to site a military establishment in the area for quick response.
The Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Sani Usman said this, adding that the Army is working with other security agencies as well as the civilian population to restore peace and promote tolerance in the area.
“I want to inform you that the Nigerian Army is fully deployed in the southern part of Kaduna state, and just yesterday we further reinforced that.
“And we have gone beyond that; we have also embarked on civil military activities and we are working hand-in-gloves, with other security agencies, particularly the Nigerian Police, Department of State Services and other military, paramilitary agencies deployed, as well as community and traditional and religious leaders.
“Be assured that the Nigerian Army is fully on ground in the southern oart of Kaduna state.”
He said that with the siting of a military establishment, the Army would be better equipped to avert any form of bloodshed in the area.
The Nigerian Police Force says it will set up a Mobile Squadron Unit in Kafanchan, as part of efforts to stop the frequent attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State.
The plan was announced on Saturday by the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, during a fact finding mission to Kafanchan, headquarters of Jema’a Local Government Area in the northeastern State.
Mr Idris, who also inaugurated a committee to investigate the recent attacks on Goska, Ninte and other villages in the area, vowed that perpetrators of the attacks would be fished out and prosecuted accordingly.
Many communities have come under attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen in the southern part of Kaduna State in the past eight months. The attacks have claimed several lives and property, with thousands of people sacked from their homes.
After a tour of the communities attacked by suspected herdsmen, the Police boss met with the villagers and leaders of the Fulani community. At the meeting, however, a mild disagreement ensued between them, as to who was responsible for the attacks. While some blame the traditional leaders for the unrest, others accused politicians of being responsible.
Addressing the people, Mr Idris noted that the wanton destruction of lives and property in the past months in southern Kaduna had more of a political than religious undertone.
He commiserated with those who had lost loved ones and properties to the unrest, but added that the situation had been blown out of proportion.
“From the discussion I had with Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, we have decided to station a mobile police base in Kafanchan.
“We are here to see things for ourselves so that we have a lasting peace in the whole area,” he said.
The IG said a panel had been set up to investigate the crisis in the area thoroughly, including the allegation that 800 people were killed in the crisis.
Mr Idris said most of the leadership of the villages had a lot to contribute to peace and unity of the area.
“Some of the community leaders need to be cautioned. They are contributing to creating situation that does not exist,” he said.
He said the police were committed to restoring lasting peace and later met with community leaders in the area.
Over 700 Mobile policemen have been deployed to Kafanchan to maintain law and order in southern Kaduna.
The visit by the IGP is perhaps not the first by any top security or government official to area.
Beyond the visitation, what the people want to see is lasting peace and perhaps government’s intervention in the areas of rehabilitation of destroyed houses to enable them go back to their normal lives.
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Ms. Agnes Callamard, urging her to “prevail on the Nigerian authorities to halt further killings of innocent citizens in Southern Kaduna”.
The group also wants them to urgently investigate recent allegations of killings of over 800 citizens mostly women, children and the elderly in that part of the country by suspected herdsmen, and to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and to provide reparations to victims”
SERAP’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, made this known to newsmen on Friday.
The organization also asked Ms. Callamard to “request to visit Nigeria to conduct fact-finding mission into the circumstances surrounding the killings.”
In the petition dated 30 December 2016 and signed by SERAP Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organization expressed “concern that the killings of citizens in Southern Kaduna of Nigeria amount to serious violations of the rights to life; to security of the human person; to the respect of the dignity inherent in a human being; and right to property guaranted by not only the Nigerian Constitution 1999 (as amended) but also the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.”
The petition reads in part: “SERAP contends that Nigerian authorities have failed and/or neglected to respect these human rights and to exercise due diligence to ensure that these rights are not violated by private individuals such as herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators. Nigerian government should therefore be held to account for failing or neglecting to guarantee and protect the rights of the people in Southern Kaduna, regardless of whether such violations are directly or indirectly attributable to the state or its officials.
“SERAP is concerned that the Nigerian government has failed and/or neglected to create an environment in Southern Kaduna to end the unlawful killings by failing to move their legal and institutional machinery towards the actual realisation of these rights. It is in fact the failure by the government to take adequate measures to prevent the violence which has contributed to the increasing number of victims.”
“SERAP believes that the killings would not have taken place if the Nigerian authorities have taken measures to prevent their happening and to address persistent impunity of those responsible for the violations and abuses. The lack of accountability for the attacks by herdsmen and other unknown perpetrators across the country has continued to create a culture of impunity which clearly is not compatible with the rule of law in a democratic society.”
“According to the leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Kaduna State, a total of 808 people were killed in 53 villages across the four local governments areas in the state ridden by crisis.
“The church leaders also said that 57 people were injured; farm produce estimated at N5.5 billion were also destroyed, and a total of 1,422 houses and 16 churches were burnt during the attacks.
“The affected communities are spread across Kaura, Sanga, Jama’a and Kauru Local Government Areas where there had been persistent attacks on communities by gunmen believed to be Fulani herdsmen.”
Asides its demand for an effective investigation into the circumstances surrounding the killings and to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and to provide reparations to victims, the group wants the government to provide a framework of security for the protection of life, and to protect the lives of those individuals at risk from unlawful attacks in Southern Kaduna.
No fewer than 808 people have been killed in the ongoing attacks on communities by suspected armed herdsmen in Southern Kaduna.
This is according to the Catholic Archdiocese of Kafanchan.
In a statement issued by the Vicar General of the diocese, Reverend Father Ibrahim Yakubu, 53 villages have so far been attacked and 57 people injured.
The church also accused government and security agencies of not doing enough to protect the people of the area from being attacked by the armed bandits.
Yakubu said, “Four local government areas have been attacked, with 808 people killed and 1,422 houses, 16 Churches, 19 shops, and one primary school destroyed.
“Unfortunately, our government both at the Centre and State levels have failed woefully”
The church, while demanding for immediate end to attacks in the area and compensation to all families that lost loved ones or property, also called for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry be put in place to investigate the causes of the crisis.
“We call on Southern Kaduna indigenes to remain steadfast in prayer, united, strong and never to cave in to the antics of our adversaries.
“Tribe and denominational differences shouldn’t put a chasm between us.”
The Kaduna state police command says it has commenced investigation to fish out the masterminds of an attack on the convoy of the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, when he visited the area.
On Tuesday, Mr El-Rufai in company of his deputy and top government officials were in Kafanachan to assess the level of destruction by protesters on Monday.
It was then that some youths attacked his convoy with stones and other dangerous weapons.
The protest which was aimed at drawing attention of government to the constant killings of their people by suspected herdsmen, had led to the destruction of property as well as cars in the convoy, the command said.
This was inspite of the 24-hour curfew, imposed by the government in Kafanchan, after getting word of the planned violence.
Briefing newsmen in his office, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Agyole Abeh, announced that an investigation team headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, has been constituted and deployed to Kafanchan to identify the hoodlums and bring them to book.