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Uneasy calm over alleged killing of 74 Fulani in S/Kaduna

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A stage has been set for war between Fulani nomads and Kataf people in Zangon-Kataf/Kauru local government areas of Southern part of Kaduna state, following the alleged recent killing of 74 Fulani men in the area.

A day before the alleged killing of two Fulani, one Moses Magaji, a Zangon-Kataf native was allegedly slaughtered by people suspected to be Fulani nomads, which led to imposition of 24hours curfew in the areas by government of Kaduna state.

The Fulani, under the umbrella of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, on Friday issued a release alleging that two Fulani nomads (Abdullahi Jae, 30 yrs and Pate Ja’e, 33 yrs, of Ungwan Gayya were both killed by Kataf youths.

This is contained in the release issued and signed by the Director Media and Publicity of Kaduna state branch of the Fulani association, Malam Ibrahim Bayero Zango, and made available to newsmen on weekend.

The release, dated 12th June, 2020, also alleged that over 72 Fulani men, going through the International Cattle Route, “Labi,” were waylaid and slaughtered on their way to Bauchi State through Zangon-Kataf local government area, while thousands of livestock were killed or rustled.

Tilted, ‘[ZAngon-Kataf Crisis and Matters Arising,’ the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association stated that their body, unequivocally condemned in its totality the viciousness and inhuman killings that took place in Zangon-Kataf and also commiserate with the families of the victims. 

“We also applaud the prompt courageous response of the security operatives and their demonstration of high level professionalism.”

They however stated that, “The question that begs to be answered is the relationship between the farm land that led to the crisis with the killings of innocent Fulani nomads that are staying within the vicinity of 300 meters away from the AgwaTyap Palace, which resulted to the unfortunate death of two Fulani nomads (Abdullahi Ja’e, 30 yrs, and Pate Ja’e, 33 yrs, of Ung Gayya by Kataf youth,

“We call on the government and the International Community to stand as witnesses to this brutality, mayhem and infamy against the innocent Fulani nomads.

“It is also unfortunate to state here that over 72 (seventy-two) of our tribes men going through the International Cattle Route, ‘Labi,’ were waylaid and slaughtered on their way to Bauchi State through Zangon-Kataf LGA with thousands of livestock being either killed or rustled .

“This also stands condemnable and barbaric. The Federal, State and Local Government should take note of this for fear of what might happen next,” it stated.

Contacted on the alleged killing of 2 Fulani, 72 of their tribes waylaid in Zangon-Kataf as well as alleged killing and rustling of cattle in the LG, the Kaduna police command’s PPRO, Muhammad Jalige, could not respond until filing this report.

We also demanded to know when, why and time the victims were killed and buried, but police did not respond.

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