17 February 2019

Nigeria: Kaduna Community Deserted After Death of 66 People

Photo: The Guardian
Scene of a violent attack in Kaduna State.

The Fulani community in parts of Kajuru Local Government Area, Kaduna State, have abandoned the area after an attack on Feb. 11, which left 66 of them, mostly women and children, dead.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that what remained of the Rugar Fulani community were burnt houses, animals, motorcycles, kitchen utensils, as well as bodies of women and children buried in a ditch.

Governor Nasir El-Rufa'i, accompanied by the General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, the Kaduna State Police Commissioner and journalists who visited the villages on Saturday, found the entire area deserted with no humans in sight.

Speaking on the attack, the GOC, Faruk Yahaya, (a major general), said troops deployed to the area after the attack, assisted by some villagers, discovered 37 bodies of women and children buried in a ditch and the settlements burnt.

"We were informed that the women were lured by the miscreants to the stream, and on getting there, they were slaughtered.

"The figure of deaths recorded by us is 66, but in collaboration with sister agencies, we will ensure peace is restored and people return to their settlements."

On his part, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmad AbdurRahman, explained that although the police had mopped up the area, the residents still fled their settlements in fear of more attacks.

He confirmed the arrest of seven suspects in connection with the attack, adding that they would be charged to court on Monday.

The police chief said investigation was continuing, adding that it was largely to identify the miscreants and isolate them from the good people within the communities so as to restore lasting peace.

Also speaking, Kaduna Governor, Mr El-Rufai, lamented the politicisation of the situation by being in denial of the real issues at stake.

"Some leaders are living in denial," Mr El-Rufai said. "They are saying only 11 were killed and the security have said 66 were killed while the community said over a hundred were killed and missing."

He advised the people to be vigilant, as those politicizing the issue have disregarded those that died simply because they were not from their tribes.

"All lives are sacred and equal, hence we must collectively bring an end to this menace," he said.


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