Two Killed As Gunmen Launch Fresh Attack In Kaduna

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No fewer than two people were killed and others sustained various degrees of injuries in a  fresh attack on Friday night by gunmen in  Gora Dan village of  Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of  Kaduna State.

Eyewitnesses said the gunmen invaded the village market and opened fire on the residents who were still transacting their businesses for the day.

Although the Kaduna state police command is yet to confirm the incident, the local government chairman, Elias Manza told Channels Television that the gunmen invaded the village market square from the bush, shooting sporadically and in the process, shot two people to death and also wounded several others.

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He explained that no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but disclosed that an emergency security meeting was held on Saturday with all the relevant stakeholders in order to unravel the perpetrators of the attack and also forestall any form of reprisal.

The fresh attack comes almost a year relative peace returned to communities in the southern part of Kaduna state that were engulfed with incessant conflicts between herders and farmers.

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.

10 People Killed In Fresh Attack In Kaduna

10 People Killed In Fresh Attack In KadunaAt least ten people have been killed and many houses destroyed following a fresh attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen at Goska and Kaninkon villages in Jemaa Local Government of Kaduna State.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the gunmen numbering over 100 stormed the villages on Saturday evening when the people were preparing for the Christmas celebration, and started shooting and burning down houses.

The attack, according to the villagers continued unabated till the following morning, while all the residents fled from their homes to neigbouring communities for fear of being caught in the attack.

The fresh attack was carried out despite the curfew that was imposed on three local government areas in the southern part of Kaduna – Kaura, Jemaa and Zango-Kataf.

Already, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attacks, and vowed to fish out those that invaded Goska.

The Governor, who empathized with families that lost loved ones, charged security agencies to double their efforts towards halting the persistent killing of innocent people.

The Governor said: “While the government and security agencies were working assiduously to block all windows to ensure that citizens throughout the three local government areas are protected and the state at large, these forces of darkness that represent evil and inhumanity struck again killing innocent citizens, burnt their houses and injured some and terrified many.

“Government and security agencies will not be deterred. We will continue to be resilient, up and doing and courageous in tackling this unfortunate situation. Their tactics are to create a chasm, divide people, breed hate and prejudice and plunge the state into chaos but we will triumph over these evil forces by the grace of almighty God.

“No amount of evil will change our deep commitment. We will continue to be firm, decisive and put lives of our citizenry and their well-being as our ultimate goal.

“We will see the end of these messengers of hell who are out to cause pains by attacking unsuspecting citizens in our communities. They are threats to our existence; they are deviants that we must all put our hands together irrespective of religion, ethnicity and political inclinations to confront.

“They become stronger only when our people are divided instead of coming together to weaken and neutralize them and the evil they represent and to free our humanity from their devilish act.

“It is also clear, that resorting to self-help compounds the precarious situation thereby, breeding the cycle of vicious killings. It must be clear to all by now that inciting of tit-for-tat does not help our security agencies and communities attain our quest for peace and those calling for that will also be brought to justice.

“The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to take inventory of those affected and also bring relief materials to assist the victims of the attack.

“Our deep empathy and prayers go to the families that lost their loved ones, those that lost their homes and properties. May their souls rest in peace and may God see us through this challenging time.”

Governor El-Rufai Tasks Traditional Rulers On Peace, Security

Governor El-Rufai Tasks Traditional Rulers On Peace, SecurityGovernor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has told traditional rulers in the state to ensure sustenance of peace and security in their respective domains.

The Governor made the call during the installation of the traditional ruler of Attyap Chiefdom in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the state.

Speaking shortly after he handed over the staff of office to the new traditional ruler, El-Rufai lamented that there is too much hatred among the various ethnic diversities in the state often orchestrated by merchants of division and conflict.

He reminded the new royal father that he was ascending the throne at a critical period when the southern part of the state is facing a serious security challenge arising from the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

He urged him to use his new position to bring unity and peace among the various ethnic groups in his domain.

“Yours is a call to serve the people through quality leadership and selfless sacrifice. As a traditional ruler, you are a father to all in your domain. You are the custodian of the values, customs, and traditions of the Atyap people.

“We urge you to use your position as a royal father to unite all the people and promote peace and harmony in your chiefdom.

“Our state needs everyone in formal and informal positions of leadership to speak up for and to uphold a common humanity. Too many merchants of hate and division menace our land.

“They seek to have their bread buttered by the suffering and destruction that violence brings. They promote a persistent victim mentality, pushing a narrative that relegates and diminishes people and inclines them to base conduct.

“They package ordinary people into the mistaken and dangerous belief that the dice is always loaded against them because of religion and region, thereby fuelling a baseless sense of rage and hate.

“When and wherever violence wreaks havoc to live and limb, they see opportunity to feather their nests, rather than embrace their responsibility to work to ensure everyone’s right to life, movement and residence is respected.

“These merchants of division do all these for their personal relevance and bank accounts. Most of them live safely away from the theaters of the violence they induce.

“Many have homes in the safest parts of Kaduna, Abuja and cities abroad. Their children and youth are tucked safely away in private schools within Nigeria and abroad, with the proceeds from the relevance that violence and hatred earn for them,” he said.

Support Government

The Governor explained that his administration was in desperate need to bring the incessant attacks that have claimed so many lives and properties in Godogodo Chiefdom and other communities in the area to an end, adding that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of violence.

He urged the traditional and religious rulers to give support to the state government in restoring the lost glory of the state, as well as consolidating on the ongoing initiative to bring unity among the people.

“This government has consistently demonstrated its commitment to security and peace building not only in Southern Kaduna, but every part of the state. From supporting the security forces to promoting community engagements, we are exploring various avenues for peace.

“There is no doubt that security efforts and intelligence gathering must improve and we will continue to discharge our responsibility to uphold security and uphold the laws of the State.

“But we must all soberly acknowledge that the ultimate guarantee of peace is the willingness of people to live together in harmony and mutual respect.”

Self-help Or Vendetta

He appealed to the people not to resort self-help or vendetta as doing so will hamper harmonious co-existence among them.

“Resort to self-help and the pursuit of vendettas and reprisals can only produce destruction. Whatever the grievances may be, the appropriate conduct is to report to the law enforcement agencies.

“We have been disappointed to hear people who should know better issuing irresponsible calls for self-help. This must stop!

“We intend to vigorously prosecute them to encourage compliance with our appeal.

“I urge the people of Zangon-Kataf Local Government to embrace their duty to uphold peace and harmony, to support the Agwatyap and other Chiefs, to promote conduct and efforts that will empower our people and sustain growth and development.

“As I often say, we mere mortals cannot be wiser than the Almighty who gave us the gift of diversity. Let us get on with the business of being good human beings, doing unto others as we would have done to us, and wishing for others that which we wish ourselves”.

Proactive Measures

In his remarks, the new paramount ruler, Dominic Yahaya, promised to use his new position to bring sustainable peace and socio-economic development to the community.

He said: “We will adopt more proactive measures to sustain peace and unity in our communities.

“I will embark on sensitization of my people to be law abiding, live in peace and be security conscious and love one another.

“I will gather all the various entities within my chiefdom to promote peace. We shall pay special attention to the youths, efforts would be made to provide jobs for the youths.”

The people of Atyap community were without a paramount ruler for over seven months after the demise of the former occupant of the seat.

Lassa Fever Kills Three in Kaduna

Lassa feverThree people have been confirmed dead at the Saint Louis Specialist Hospital in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State following the outbreak of Lassa fever in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Jonathan Nok, who confirmed the incident to newsmen on Monday, said that a medical doctor, a nurse and a pregnant woman were among the deceased.

He said that the doctor and nurse showed signs of Lassa fever shortly after operating a pregnant woman who was brought in from another hospital in Kafanchan, and later died few days after they were tested positive to the deadly disease.

He said that the affected hospitals have been put under isolation with the intention of tracing the primary and secondary contacts with the deceased.

The Commissioner urged residents not to panic as government is on top of the situation, while he advised them to maintain personal hygiene around their homes.

Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill 8 In Kaduna

Borno AttackAt least eight persons were killed and 12 others injured when some gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Yangal-Fadan village in Zangong Kataf  Local Government Area (LGA) of  Kaduna State.

An eyewitness said the gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen stormed the community in the late hours of Tuesday night when the residents had gone to bed, shooting indiscriminately and burning down houses.

The gunmen who reportedly came with AK-47 rifles and numbering over 20, also burnt down yam barns and domestic animals before escaping into a nearby bush before the arrival of security operatives.

Although the state police command is yet to confirm the incident, the caretaker Chairman of Zangong Kataf LGA, Mr Jonathan Asake, who confirmed the incident to reporters, said the gunmen carried out the deadly attacks around 11:00pm on Tuesday night.

He disclosed that the 12 injured persons were rushed to St. Louis Hospital, Zonkwa, about 15km from Yangal village for treatment.

Governor Muktar Yero, who was on a campaign tour in the southern part of Kaduna State when the incident occurred, condemned the attack.

In a statement by his Media Aide, Ahmed Maiyaki, the Governor said the attack was an apparent attempt by miscreants to cause conflict and confusion in the state and to heighten tension among the peaceful people of the state.

The governor said it was rather sad that some people would stop at nothing in achieving their selfish goals including shedding the blood of innocent citizens of the state.

He also directed the State Emergency Management Agency to immediately move to the affected community to provide victims of the attack with necessary support and assistance and promised to settle the hospital bills of those injured in the attack.

He also called on people in the affected community to remain calm as security agencies were already investigating the matter with the aim of bringing the perpetrators to book.

Meanwhile, adequate security personnel have been deployed to the area to maintain law and order.

Several villages in the southern part of Kaduna State have witnessed series of deadly attacks that have left about 4,000 people dead and over 20,000 displaced from their ancestral homes.

Most of the attacks are suspected to have been carried out by herdsmen and cattle rustlers.

Explosion Near Kaduna Market Causes Scare

There was confusion on Tuesday in Kaduna after an explosion at a refuse dump behind a market in Kachia caused a scare among the residents of the town.

Security personnel arrive at the site of a blast in Kaduna

This incident comes after Saturday’s attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen at Aduwan Gida Village in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area, also in the southern part of the state, in which five persons, including a six-year baby and his mother, were killed.

Channels Television’s correspondent gathered that an object suspected to be a bomb exploded in the area and forced the residents of the area to scamper for safety.

The incident took place just as the state Governor, Ramallan Yero was on a visit to the area (Southern part of the state) where the Fulani herdsmen allegedly attacked residents of Aduwan village on Saturday.

An eyewitness said that the incident which took place at about 11am, caused panic among residents of the area.

It was also learnt that the Anti-bomb Squad of the State Police Command was dispatched to the area and they discovered that “it was no bomb after all.”

Also, the Vice Chairman of the council, Alfred Maisamari confirmed to journalists that it was not bomb explosion as being rumoured, saying that it was an empty shell of mosquito insecticide that exploded.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Command, DSP Aminu Lawan, while confirming the incident, said the empty can exploded as a result of bush burning in the area.

Governor Vows To Arrest Perpetrators Of Kaduna Attack

The Kaduna State Governor, Muktar Ramalan Yero has visited Aduwan Gida village in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the state where he promised to bring to book the culprits of last Saturday’s attack in which five members of a family were killed.

The Kaduna State Governor, Muktar Ramalan Yero

The attackers reportedly stormed a compound and opened fire on the family members observing the anniversary of the death of the leader of the family. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kaduna State has seen similar shootings where gunmen raided villages, killing scores in what police often describe as armed robbery attacks.

At the home of the family of the deceased, Mr. Yero condemned the attack, describing it as unwarranted, while giving the assurance that the perpetrators of the act will be apprehended and prosecuted accordingly.

Also at the residence of the traditional ruler of the village, Nuhu Bature, the governor restated government’s commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the entire people of the state.

The governor also visited the surviving victims of the attack at the Saint Louis hospital where he directed that they should be transferred to the 44 Nigerian Army reference hospital for proper medical attention.

While reiterating his administration’s commitment to ensuring genuine peaceful co-existence in Kaduna State, Mr. Yero vowed to deal with any person or group found attempting to cause a breach of the peace.