Gunmen Storm Southern Kaduna Village, Kill Two, Burn Houses

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Gunmen Storm Southern Kaduna Village, Kill Two, Burn Houses

Gunmen at the weekend, stormed a community in Zango Kataf local government area of Kaduna State, killing two.

The gunmen also injured many defenceless natives and set many houses on fire.

The umbrella body of all the people from southern Kaduna, the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), stated that a large number of gunmen invaded Manyi-Mashin village in the early hours of Friday killing the two persons and carting away valuables.

Gunmen Storm Southern Kaduna Village, Kill Two, Burn Houses

Mr Luka Binniyat, SOKAPU’s National Publicity Secretary, said that the two persons were burnt to ashes in their homes, pointing out that the month of September has been bloody in the area.

“Early this morning, (11th September 2020) Manyi-Mashin village, in Zamandabo ward, in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) in Southern Kaduna, was invaded by hordes of Fulani armed men who burnt down almost all the houses in the village, looting and carting away valuables.

“Two persons were burnt in their homes beyond recognition: They are Cecilia Ishaya, 62, a widow and mother of 6 children and Iliya Sunday, 56, who left behind 8 children.

“Though men of Operation Safe Heaven promptly responded, the militia fled before their arrival.”

Gunmen Storm Southern Kaduna Village, Kill Two, Burn Houses

“This was after Fulani militia on the 8th September 2020 lay ambush for three Atyap youths from Atakmawei in same Zamandabo Ward in Atyap Chiefdom, as they went to clear weed in their Sugar cane farm about a kilometre from their village.”

“Suddenly, armed herdsmen came from hiding and struck. They descended on them with daggers and machetes. Anthony Magaji, 25, a final year HND student of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, was hacked down. They axed his neck and head with macabre wounds and killed him instantly.

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“Isaac Thomas, 24, also an OND student of the same School, managed to escape with life-threatening injuries and is now under intensive care in a hospital, while the third escaped with less injury.

“SOKAPU wishes to once again request the Federal Government, through Operation Safe Heaven, under the Command of Major General Chukwu Emeka Okonkwo, to expatiate action and expel and bring to book all the Fulani militia that are currently occupying 101 Southern Kaduna Communities in four of our LGAs. We have furnished the world with the details and we are happy to note, that eight of the displaced communities in Zangan District in Kaura LGA are now returning home as a result of more presence of men of OPSH.”

“We are appealing to our youths to shun all forms of provocation and conduct themselves in manners that will not make them fall short of the law, not compromising their rights for self-preservation under the law.”

“Meanwhile, we have received complains of farmers in Gora axis of Atyap Chiefdom, who say that Fulani men occasional sneak into their farms destroy a large swath of growing food crops, thus leaving them with a bleak prospect of hunger in the near future.

“All these gory development is taking place after a much-publicized peace deal was reached between natives of Atyap Chiefdom on one side and their long time settled Hausa and Fulani representatives on 23rd August, 2020 in Unguwan Wakili, close to Zangon Kataf town.”

“Similarly, on the 8th of September, 2020, an attack was launched again by Fulani militias at Kitsarapang village in Kizachi Chiwo of Kizachi community, Tsam Chiefdom in Kauru LGA in the Southern part of Kaduna state, Nigeria.


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