Gunmen Kill Traditional Ruler, Nephew In Kaduna

Gunmen-KadunaUnknown gunmen have killed two persons at Fadan Karshi community in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

The deceased were the traditional ruler of the community, Bala Madaki, and his nephew, Emmanuel Tanko.

The incident was confirmed to Channels Television correspondent on Monday by the spokesman for Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar.

An eyewitness also narrated that the gunmen invaded the deceased house at about 10:00PM on Sunday, went into their rooms and opened fire on them.

The latest attack has created tension in the community as residents remain indoors while shops and markets remain closed.

Policemen have, however, been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has condemned the attack.

In a statement he issued through his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, while commiserating with the family of the victims, Governor El-Rufai urged the people of Sanga Local Government to remain calm and support the security agencies to investigate the attack and apprehend the perpetrators of the attack.

Gunmen Kill 5 In Kaduna State

Borno AttackGunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have attacked Ungwan Dauda village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing at least 5 people, and burning down several houses.

An indigene of the area, told our correspondent that the gunmen numbering over 10 stormed the village at about 4:00am local time when the residents were still in their sleep and opened fire on them.

The gunmen also burnt several houses and farmlands before escaping into a nearby bush, following the intervention of soldiers who were immediately drafted to the area.

Another indigene of Southern Kaduna, Dr John Danfulani, said the gunmen, who stormed the village with sophisticated guns, killed a one year old baby and his mother, three others and  injured over 20 people.

He said the injured ones were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment.

When contacted, the spokesperson for Kaduna State Police Command, Aminu Lawan said he was not aware of any attack in the area.

Sanga is about 350km from the state capital and has faced several attacks by gunmen since the beginning of this year.

Youths Urge Jonathan, Yero To End Incessant Attacks In Southern Kaduna

Southern_kadunaAngry youths from the southern part of Kaduna State have demonstrated against the incessant killings of their people in Sanga and Kaura local government areas of the state by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen, describing the act as a plot to decimate the inhabitants for selfish reasons.

The protest is coming barely two weeks after suspected Fulani gunmen attacked three villages in Sanga local government, killing over 33 people.

The protesters comprising of leaders of various civil society organisations from the area carried out the demonstration in Barnawa area of the state capital, where they accused President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Mukhtar Yero of being insensitive to their plight while the assailants continue to unleash mayhem against their people.

However, Governor Mukhtar Yero, who visited the affected communities to commiserate with the victims, assured them of his administration’s readiness to end the insurgency and bring the perpetrators to book. He also described the described the attacks as ungodly and inhuman.

Gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, on Tuesday, September 16, raided three communities in Sanga Local Government Area, in the Southern part of Kaduna State, killing no fewer than 32 villagers.

The affected villages are Fadan Karshi, Karshi Daji and Unguwan Ganye, all in Sanga LGA.

The villagers said a total of 16 separate attacks have taken place in Sanga local government area alone between June to September this year.

The protesters also want the state government to rescind the alleged victimisation of one Christiana Musa, a senior civil servant who was relieved of her position by the state government for allegedly taking part in a protest over the incessant attacks in Sanga carried out by some angry women against the governor last week.

Many of the protesters expressed disappointed that President Goodluck Jonathan has not deemed it fit to visit the areas where the attack has claimed thousands of lives.

Thousands Flee Their Homes In Kaduna Communities

Southern KadunaThousands of residents have fled their homes in Ninzo, Nandu, Gwantu and Gwandara communities in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, North West Nigeria following the killing of over 160 people by suspected Fulani herdsmen in June.

The attack comes barely two months after Deputy Inspector General of Police, Michael Zuokumor, mediated a peace deal between the warring Fulani herdsmen and Southern Kaduna natives, where both parties agreed to sheathe their swords and live together in peace.

According to reports, more than 26,000 residents of the affected villages are presently displaced and many of them have fled to neighbouring communities in Plateau, Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory.

Those who spoke to journalists in the areas said they are tired of the frequent attacks by suspected Fulani gunmen on their people and can no longer stay back for fear of further attacks since they do not trust security forces sent to protect them, insisting that they will only return once the area is safe.

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on the 24th of June, 2014 killed over 160 people and destroyed several houses in seven villages in Sanga local government area of Kaduna State.

Addressing the State Deputy Governor, Mr Nuhu Bajoga, when he visited some of the affected communities, the District Head of Nando, Elisha Umoru and the paramount ruler of Numan Chiefdom, who spoke in Hausa, called on the Federal and State Governments to station a permanent security post in the area to prevent further attacks and give the people the confidence to come back to their communities.

On his part, the Deputy Governor, dumbfounded by the level of destruction of lives and property in the affected communities along with the senator representing Southern Kaduna in the National Assembly, Mrs Nenadi Usman, assured the people that government will put adequate security in place to curtail further attacks, and appealed to those that have ran away from their homes for fear of further attacks to come back and continue with their normal life.

He also called on the people not to take the law into their hands and contemplate any revenge.

The attack has thrown so many children out of school, and also disrupted farming activities in the area as many of the locals are predominantly farmers.


Community Seeks Help Over Killings By Suspected Fulani Herdsmen

FULANI HERDMEN CLASHThe Numana Community Development Organisation in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State has appealed to the Federal Government to save the community from annihilation by suspected Fulani gunmen.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja, National President of the organisation, Mr Sunday Audu, said that 138 persons have been killed between June 24-28, with hundreds of houses burnt by the suspected Fulani gunmen.

The organisation claimed that the entire livelihood of the people of the area had been affected with the alleged massacre and warned that if urgent steps were not taken, famine would become inevitable in Sanga Local Government Area of the state as farmers have stopped going to their farms for fear of being attacked.

The organisation also called for the rehabilitation of displaced persons who are taking refuge in the FCT, Nasarawa and Plateau States.