Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Following the news broken by Kaduna government, Fulanis, under the auspices of ‘Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria’ (GAFADAN), have reacted, saying more than one hundred of their people were killed during alleged attacks in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.
GAFADAN made the revelation on Monday evening, while briefing journalists at the secretariat of Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Kaduna state council. Led by its national Secretary-General, Ibrahim Abdullahi, the body said hundreds Fulanis were discovered killed during the Kajuru attacks, while many other people and their families are still missing.
Abdullahi in company members said GAFADAN convened an emergency meeting to review the recent killings in Kajuru LGA “Where over hundred Fulanis were killed in an unprovoked attacks by suspected Adara communities in Iri, Maro villages on Monday, 11th February, 2019.
The Secretary-General stated that “The state government and security agencies have confirmed the killing of 66 Fulani persons in the attacks, but we can confirm the numbers of people killed is far more than that figures. The Association is working and will soon come up with accurate figures of the people killed, including the properties destroyed.”
According to him, about 86 persons, including women and children were gruesomely murdered by Adara communities in Kajuru local government in 2017, adding that there have been isolated attacks and killings of innocent Fulanis in the LGA since that time.
“We wish to note sadly the communities and some people outside the LGA area are not only showing their sympathy and support the efforts being made by well meaning Nigerians to resolve the crisis amicably, but are also shamelessly denying it,” he said.
While they expressed surprise that in all the crises, not even a single person has been convicted, which gives perpetrators motivation to attacks, the GAFADAN however condone with families of the victims and called for calm, rather than taking law into their hands as government and security agencies take charge.
They commend the governor of Kaduna state and the security agencies for visiting the areas to see things themselves the level of destruction. They promised to work with stakeholders and peace-loving people to ensure reconciliation of the people in the areas.
He said from their findings, court judgment in favour of one of the two Adara people fighting over land led to the attacks on their people in the area.