Gunmen Kill One, Injure Five In Fresh Kaduna Attack

Gunmen Kill One, Injure Six In Fresh Kaduna AttackUnknown gunmen have attacked Zankan village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna state, killing one person and injuring five others.

Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said that the gunmen invaded the community, a predominantly Fulani settlement on Saturday night and opened fire on the residents.

He said that security operatives have been deployed to the area to avert any form of fresh attacks or reprisal.

An indigene of the area and Deputy Chief Imam in Jema’a Emirate Council, Mohammed Kabiru also disclosed that the gunmen attacked the village at about 9PM.

He said that they shot a 13-year-old boy dead, while other injured persons have been rushed to a hospital in nearby Plateau state.

The attack comes barely three days after Fulanis and natives of Southern Kaduna reached an accord to end the killings in the area.

Zankan is a border town between Plateau and Kaduna state.

We’ve Lost 6,000 Cows In Southern Kaduna Violence – Miyetti Allah

We've Lost 6,000 Cows In Southern Kaduna Violence – Miyetti AllahThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) has claimed that its members lost no fewer than 6,000 cows since the Southern Kaduna violence started.

Addressing reporters in Kaduna, Secretary of the association in the state, Musa Gambo, insisted that the Fulani were also victims of the violence, having lost many of their kinsmen and property worth millions of Naira during the attacks.

He accused religious leaders of fueling the recent crisis in Southern Kaduna for their own selfish advantage.

“How can we be involved in the killing of our brothers, whom our great grandparents have lived with and with whom we are living with our children and wives?

“Unfortunately, we have been accused of being the perpetrators of the crisis, and even some are saying that Miyetti Allah will carry out reprisals. At no time did we issue any such irresponsible article to any media.

“As a peace-loving association, which has contributed immensely to the peace and reconciliation efforts not only in Southern Kaduna but also in the entire country, we will never descend so low as to advocate crisis,” Gambo said.

Also, the Jema’a Emirate Council in Kaduna State has said that the Emir of Jema’a, Alhaji Muhammad Isah II, was attacked by some disgruntled youths at Samaru Kataf in Zango Kataf.

The council was reacting to the denial of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) in some media outlets that the Emir was not attacked.

Addressing a press conference in Kaduna, the Deputy Chief Imam of Jema’a Central Mosque, Alhaji Kabir Kassim, alleged that on January 17, 2017, after attending a security meeting in Kaduna, the Emir’s convoy was attacked by some armed youths and that three vehicles were destroyed.

2015: Southern Kaduna Elders Present Consensus Candidate Against Yero

KadunaElders and stakeholders of Southern Kaduna zone of Kaduna state have agreed on a former Senator, Zego Aziz as a consensus candidate to challenge Governor Muktar Yero in the December 8 primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of elections in February 2015.

The stakeholders which included officials of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, the Gurara Forum, Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Council, Northern Christian Elders Forum, Southern Kaduna Indigenes Progressive Forum and Southern Kaduna Peace Initiatives, made the declaration at the end of their meeting in Kafanchan on Friday.

The Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan diocese, Joseph Bagobiri who read their resolution after the meeting, said the former Senator was chosen after due consultations with relevant stakeholders.

He called on all indigenes of the state to reflect on their choice and also called on all delegates to the forthcoming PDP primary to take this into account while casting their votes.

The endorsement according to him, will brighten the chances of the zone to produce the next governor of the state and also reduce bickering among the four aspirants from the area.

Four PDP governorship aspirants from the zone including the former Aviation Minister, Hassan-Hyat, a former commissioner in the state, Jimmy Dung and a retired Air Force Officer, Air Commordore John Ajei had been screened for the position.

After the assessment of the aspirants, the stakeholders passed their resolution with some of the aspirants including the anointed candidate approving it, noting that it was a welcome development as far as it was for the best interest of the zone.

In reaction, some PDP chieftains from Southern Kaduna told Channels Television that the elders and stakeholders were not members of the party, and therefore cannot dictate who becomes the governorship candidate of the party.

According to them, the endorsement of Senator Aziz by the elders and other stakeholders from southern Kaduna as their consensus candidate cannot hold any water since they are neither PDP members or delegates to the primary.

Beyond the endorsement, followers of political activities in Kaduna state are watching to see how this endorsement by this group of southern Kaduna stakeholders will result to their anointed candidate securing the PDP ticket. It is left now to see if the delegates will either vote along political or ethnic lines.

Ruling Class Responsible For Fulani-Farmers’ Clashes — Yero

yero_kadunaGovernor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has blamed the political and traditional elite of causing the frequent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Kaduna, by capitalising on the religious and ethnic differences of the state to incite the people against one another. 

Kaduna State has witnessed several bloody clashes that have claimed many lives and properties worth billions of Naira. Only last month, over 100 people were killed by suspected Fulani gunmen in Kaura Local Government area of the state.

Despite the peace the two groups had hitherto enjoyed, several factors have combined to pitch them against each other, leading to attacks and counter-attacks that had claimed lives on both sides.

According to Governor Yero, the problems between the two tribes were issues that could be handled through dialogue and not fighting, and therefore appealed to both groups not to allow such selfish elements to disrupt their peaceful co-existence.

The Governor said this on Monday when the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of Operations and Chairman Security and Peace Committee on Fulani-Farmers crisis, Michael Zuokumor, visited him in his office. He said that the ruling class who incite the masses for these religious conflicts hardly partake in the actual hostilities while the ignorant masses have been usually utilised under religious banner to destroy, kill and maim against one another.

Speaking earlier, the DIG told the Governor that the committee which was set up by the Inspector-General of Police to wade into the incessant clashes between farmers in some states in the North, was in Kaduna to interact with all the various stakeholders towards ensuring that peace returns to the troubled areas, warning that the Federal Government would not hesitate to deal with anybody or group who try to truncate the peace process.

The committee later met behind closed doors with representatives of Fulanis and the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union where they deliberated on the remote and immediate causes as well as the remedies to the clashes.

Although most of the deliberations were conducted behind closed doors, the DIG told journalists at the end of the meeting that all the warring parties have agreed to bury their differences and live together in peace again.



Mass Burial For Victims Of Attack In Kaduna

Ephraim-GojeAbout 114 victims of an attack by Fulani Herdsmen in Kaduna have been buried in a mass grave in Unguwant Gata, Maroa Chiefdom of Karua Local Government Area of the state.

Sankwai, Tekum and Unguwan Gata villages in Maroa Chiefdom were on Saturday, invaded by what villagers said were Fulani gunmen, killing about 150 natives and burning the three villages, after plundering them.

The burial comes as Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) says that  over 5,000 people had been displaced in the 40 attacks on communities in the southern part of the state since 2011.

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, the President the SOKAPU, Dr Ephraim Goje, asked the state government to urgently compensate the displaced victims by rebuilding their houses, and providing them with food items.

“The government should urgently consider our request for the siting a military barrack within Kafanchan town to enable them respond quickly to issues with the town,” he said.

He urged the government to consider the requests are urgent, as rains will set in soon.

‘Copter Crash: Yakowa’s Kinsmen Want Cause of Incident Made Public

Precisely one year after he died in a helicopter crash in Okoroba, Bayelsa state on December 15, 2012, indigenes of southern Kaduna where the late governor of the  state, Patrick Yakowa came from, have expressed sadness that the Nigerian Airforce and Aviation authorities are yet to disclose to the public the cause of the crash which also took the life of the former national security adviser, Andrew Azazi.  

At a memorial lecture and thanksgiving service held in Kaduna on Saturday to mark the first anniversary of Yakowa’s death, his kinsmen demanded that the Federal Government should make its findings known to Nigerians concerning the cause of the helicopter crash that took the life of the late governor and others .

President of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Mr Ephraim Goje told Channels Television during the memorial church service that they were disappointed with the Federal Government for failing in its responsibilities of protecting the lives of the citizens.

The ceremony which took place at the Umaru Yar’adua Hall was attended by family members, friends and prominent Nigerians including Vice President Namadi Sambo, the PDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, state governors, ministers, traditional and religious leaders.

Sambo and Tukur in their separate tributes emphasised the need for a peaceful co-existence among the various religions and tribes in the country, as there cannot be any meaningful development in an atmosphere of rancour. They described the late Yakowa as a bridge builder who built bridges across all divides and offered selfless and patriotic service to Kaduna state and the nation at large.

Also paying glowing tribute to his late boss, the Kaduna state governor, Mukhtar Yero maintained that Yakowa was a man of peace and the people, an apostle of peace, assuring that the best way to immortalise him is by sustaining his virtues.

On his part, Governor Isah Yuguda of Bauchi state said that most of the religious crises in the northern part of the country were politically motivated, questioning why there were no such incidents in the south western part of the country which also had majority of Muslims and Christians.

Yakowa’s widow, Amina said the outpouring of emotions by dignitaries at the occasion showed that her late husband lived a life worth remembering, noting that the family had accepted the loss as part of God’s purpose which mortals might not always understand.

Earlier, the guest lecturer at the occasion, Dr. Abdullahi Aliyu in his paper entitled “Challenges of Responsible leadership in Nigeria” said that “a  true leader must understand that leadership is a privilege and not a right”, and as such should treat his/her office with every sense of responsibility, commitment and gratitude. He maintained that Yakowa was a leader, a gentleman, a builder of peace and a developer of bridges for reconciliation and forgiveness.

He said that some leaders were never prepared enough to leave office because of the uncertainties outside; and identified corruption, bad followership, lack of orientation of the followers, and systemic government failures as some of the challenges facing leadership in Nigeria.

At the thanksgiving service held at Saint John’s Catholic Church, Kaduna, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, while extolling the good qualities of the late Yakowa called on Nigerians to elect leaders based on merit and not on religious and ethnic sentiments.

Others however insisted that the authorities should make the probe into the helicopter crash public.