Southern Kaduna Attacks: El-Rufai Orders Arrest Of Suspected Masterminds

Southern Kaduna Attacks: El-Rufai Orders Arrest Of Suspected MastermindsKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has ordered the arrest and prosecution of the suspected masterminds of the November 14 attack on some Southern Kaduna villages by suspected herdsmen.

This came as the displaced people of Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam in Kauru Local Government Area of state appealed to the state government to help them get over the shock from the attack.

The attack has displaced over 2,000 indigenes of the communities from their homes, and also claimed the lives of 39 persons while several others were injured.

The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai was at the community to broker peace between the natives and the herdsmen, and ordered the arrest and prosecution of the suspected masterminds of the attack.

The Governor, while sympathizing with the people, promised to work closely with the security agencies in the state to stop the attacks.

He also urged the communities to embrace peace and cease from taking the law into their hands, promising to address the complaints raised by the communities.

On their part, the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria promised to call their members to order and to stop further attacks.

The association’s Assistant National Secretary, Ibrahim Abdullahi, spoke on behalf of the cattle breeders: “What the Governor has said is a fact. As an association, we are ready to live in peace. Some of us have been living is this part of the community for so many years.

It is unfortunate what happened has happened. But we will ensure how we can live in peace.

The Governor said it is our responsibility to live in peace with one another, our people are ready to return to their communities”.

Although government has promised to do everything possible to stop further attacks in southern part of Kaduna state, the people demanded that an urgent arrangement be made for their immediate return to their homes so as to resumes normal lives.

Many residents of the communities were yet to return to their homes a week after the attack.

While many fled to neigbouring communities in Nasarawa, Plateau and Abuja pending when normalcy would return, others who have nowhere to go have become homeless.

Some of them were being camped by the State Emergency Management Agency at a primary school in Chawaii Chiefdom.

Principal Challenges

The President General of Chawaii Development Association, Rueben Turbi, condmened the attack and the condition it has led the people into.

He told Channels TV that members of the communities have lived in peace with one another until Fulani herdsmen attacked them in a bid to forcefully take over their farmlands.

“From nowhere, we received a letter from the Fulani men that they were coming to attack the entire community and the day that the notice was given, precisely, on the 12th, we warned the entire community that we received a security alert that the Fulani people are coming to attack us.

“And of course they were all alert, but suddenly when they came, they were shooting from all over the community, burning down houses, killing people. Infact they almost wiped the entire community.

“Now the question is this, do we have a government in place? If there is a government in place, why are these people going about perpetrating evil not brought to justice?

“We want the state and federal governments to build a police post in our community, and not only that, we need a full functional divisional headquarters here in Daman Kasuwa.

“And in each of the districts, there should be an outpost for security consciousness. Just in case if anything happen, they will control the situation and try to protect lives and property.

“One of the principal challenges we are facing is the fact that we don’t have road, if not before the attack would have escalated, security agencies could have rushed in to control the situation, but because the road is bad, the Fulani men did the damage and left.”

Southern Kaduna Attack: Residents Still In Fear Of Fresh Attacks

Herdsmen, Kaduna, Gunmen, Southern Kaduna Attack: Residents In Fear of Fresh AttacksTension has continued to mount in southern Kaduna communities of Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam communities all in Kauru LGA of Kaduna state.

It is one week after gunmen suspected to be herdsmen carried out a coordinated attack that left over 32 people dead.

The gunmen invaded the four communities on Sunday, November 14, killing at least 31 persons, and burnt down over 100 houses and farmlands.

A visit by Channels Television to the area today, reveals that residents fled their homes to neigbouring communities in Nasarawa, Plateau and Abuja pending when normalcy will return.

Security agencies have also responded by deploying their operatives to the affected areas, but the people are scared of returning to their communities due to fear of fresh attacks.

The gunmen are said to have attacked the communities simultaneously when the residents were asleep.

All the four communities have been deserted, schools, shops and other economic activities have been paralysed while the few residents who have nowhere to go are being camped by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) at a primary school in Chawai chiefdom.

Kaduna Killings: Senate Summons Inspector General Of Police

senate-in-nigeria-chamberThe Senate has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to appear before its Security Committees to explain the reason for the failure of the Nigeria Police Force to curb the incessant and mindless killings in the Southern part of Kaduna State.

The Senate made this decision after a Federal Lawmaker, Senator Danjuma La’ah, raised a motion ‎calling for the declaration of a state of emergency in the area as a result of protracted killings of residents.

According to Senator La’ah, the incessant attacks by armed herdsmen on the people of Southern Kaduna has led to the destruction of scores of lives and property worth billions of Naira.

The summon is coming on the same day that 31 persons were killed and several others injured in an attack by gunmen on four communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

The fresh attacks came just a day after the launching of public apology billboard by the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, signaling the return of peace and an end to the frequent conflicts between Fulani Herdsmen and natives of Southern part of the state.

Eyewitness reports that the gunmen invaded the four communities, Ungwan Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam all in Kauru LGA, on Sunday night, shooting people and burning down houses And farmlands.

An indigene of the area told Channels Television on telephone that the entire communities have been deserted as people flee from their homes for fear of being caught up in the attack.

Southern Kaduna Youths Protest Frequent Kinsmen Killings

kogi_election_protest-300x181The aggrieved youths from southern Kaduna senatorial zone on Friday staged a peaceful protest in Kagoro town of Kaura Local Government Area of the state over the frequent killing of their kinsmen and destruction of property by unknown gunmen.

The protesting youths who go by the name, ” concerned southern Kaduna Youths” made a passionate appeal to both Kaduna State  and the Federal Government to urgently curb the spate of further wasting of innocent souls and bring the culprits to book.

The Youths however, revealed that in the wake of the  attack over 3000 people were killed across the communities in Kaura, Sanga, Jaba, and Kachia Local Government Areas of the state since 2012 till date.

The group further said that, over 150,000 people were rendered homeless and that the recent attack in Sanga, a week ago, recorded about 200 casualties and over 10,000 displayed.

The youths, who marched along some major roads in Kagoro town around 10:00am local time, carried placard with different inscriptions conveying their feelings and lamenting their ordeal.

“Since the bloody attacks in the area increased  a year ago,  the state government has not shown much concern or intensified effort to stop the killings,” they said. According to them, the frequent attacks have afflicted pains and severe hardships on the affected families and the entire Southern Kaduna, owing to lack of adequate security presence in the affected communities.

The angry youths therefore marched to the palace of the traditional ruler of Kagoro where they presented their protest letter for further presentation to the governor of the state and President Goodluck Jonathan.

The leader of the group,M. Vincent Badmos, who presented the letter, called for state of emergency in Kaduna State to stem the tide of invasion by armed Fulani herdsmen who always wreck havoc on the people and their belongings.

The youths likened the situation in southern Kaduna to what is happening in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States in the northeast, currently under the state of emergency declared because of the increasing attacks on villages, churches, mosques and schools.

They, however, advocated for the formation of a vigilante service to boost the ‘lean effort’ of the military in tackling the security challenges facing the Southern Kaduna people.

In a swift reaction, the State government denied the allegation of negligence and lack of concern in protecting lives and property of the people.

The spokesman of the Kaduna State Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki, told Channels Television  that the government had released funds for the resettlement of displayed persons in the areas affected and was rehabilitating former grazing site to avoid the frequent clash between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers.

The protesters, however, urged the State and the Federal Government to show serious commitment to the plight of the people and stop further killing in the area.