…Death toll rises to 28
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Business Activities collapsed in Kaduna almost immediately, following news reports of pandemonium in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state, where Fulani herdsmen allegedly attacked Maro community.
Reports filtered from the area averred that, already about 16 people have been alleged killed by the gunmen, which occurred around 4am of Tuesday.
A fortnight ago, crises erupted within the troubled area leading to the death of several people, the latest being between 130-131 deaths of Fulanis.
The Tuesday’s attack by the armed herdsmen was said to have occurred around 4am when they invaded the village of Karamar in Maro district of Kajuru local government area where they set houses ablaze and engaged in sporadic shooting of victims as they ran out of their homes.
Reacting to the latest attack, Kaduna state government stated that it received the sad news of renewed attacks in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas.
The government condemned the recourse to violence, and called on all communities to support the efforts to restore calm in the area.
In a statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, he explained that “Today, the Kaduna State Government was briefed by security agencies of renewed attacks in Kajuru local government area and in parts of neighboring Kachia LGA.”
“The Kaduna State Government has been assured that the security agencies are working assiduously to contain the situation.
“The Government is saddened by these attacks, condemns the perpetrators and urges all residents of the area to support the security agencies in their efforts to protect communities.”
Meanwhile, officials of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna Chapter, have condemned the attack by the Fulani herdsmen, urging the youths in the troubled community to refrain from reprisal attack.
The state chairman of CAN, Reverend Joseph Hayab, in a reaction said that “We have received reports of a renewed attack in Karamar Village, in Maro district of Kajuru local government area, where 16 people were killed when they attacked the villagers around 4am in the morning.”
Hayab, who said that the gunmen, who invaded the village, set houses on fire when the residents were asleep and also burnt a worship place, added that “The attackers fled later, after they had already burnt houses and a church. The youths came out and guarded the environment, with the intervention of security. Normalcy has been restored.
“We have appealed to the youths in the area that there must never be any reprisal. We want to give the security operatives in the state the benefits of doubt to go after the killers. We don’t want any reprisal attack because the circle of violence and killings will continue,” Hayab added.
However, latest reports just received from a dependable source in the crises-ridden Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state, revealed that the number of those killed in reprisal attacks have risen from 16 to 28, with more natives still missing.
The source also stated that more people are yet to be found, as three policemen are also reportedly missing in the crises area. But several efforts made by call and SMS to the Kaduna Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, DSP Yakubu Sabo, to clarify the allegations could not returned till the time of press.