by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
A 5-yr-old, Joel Cephas, was among ten Fanstwam natives of Zipkak, who were murdered by alleged armed Fulani militia in a semi-urban town in Fanstwam Chiefdom, in Jema’a local governmrnt area in Southern Kaduna, in Kaduna state, the Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, has revealed.
SOKAPU’s statement issued in Kaduna, stated that, after looting and vandalising the town, the armed militia burnt part of it and gruesomely murdered the 5 yrs Cephas and 9 others.
The 9 others murdered, according to the release signed by spokesman of SOKAPU, Mr Luka Binniyat, on 25th July 2020, includes Kingsley Raphael, 28, Katung Kantiock 60, Luka Garba 75, Victor Ishaya 22, Madam Dakaci 52, Kuyet Yayock 25, Cecelia Audu 65, Martina Dauda 70, and Yanasan Dauda 70, respectively.
SOKAPU stated that “Around 6am, the grieving Fanstwam natives of Zipkak, a semi-urban town in Fanstwam Chiefdom, Jema’a LGA in Southern Kaduna, were once again forced to flee for dear lives after armed Fulani militia sprang from nearby bushes and started shooting.
Fortunately, the youths of the community resisted the invaders and they fled back without any harm to the distraught natives, who were grieving the killing of 10 members of the town that were slained the previous evening.
“The militia had crept into the town around 7pm, yesterday, Friday, 24th July, 2020, and rained bullets on the peaceful community. Though, Zikpak is just about two kilometers from the heart of Kafanchan where there are presence of some soldiers, the violent group had a field day.
“After looting and vandalising the town, they burnt part of it and gruesomely murdered the above listed ten people.”
SOKAPU also stated that during the attack, Mrs Jonathan Ishaya, together with Martins Agang, Kassan Duniya, Jenifer Nicodemus and the 5 years’ old Joel Cephas were fatally injured and the boy later died.
“The governor of Kaduna state immediately imposed a 24-hour curfew over the entire Jemma’a LGA. It was under the ‘curfew’ that the Fulani militia returned to wreck more havoc until the valiant youths of the community, with very crude weapons, repelled the cowards.
“Also, as it rained around 8pm, Thursday, 23rd July, 2020, at Agwala Magayaki of Doka Avong, in Kajuru LGA of Southern Kaduna, armed Fulani militia took advantage of the darkness and torrential rain and attacked the village for the second time in a month, leaving 6 persons dead and two fatally wounded.
“Those killed in Kajuru are: John Mallam, 80; Albarka Mallam, 85; Jumare Sule, 76. The rest are: Hannatu Garba, 55; Thaddeus Albarka, 32, Luvinus Danmori, 52, and Daniel Mukadas, 70. The fatally injured are: Danmori Sule and Alheri Mandela.
“It could be recalled that, on the 20th June, 2020, the same village was invaded by the Fulani militia, some known by the villagers, and 7 persons were killed.
“On the 22nd, July 2020, as it rained on Kizachi-Chawai, a far-removed village bounded by hills, in Chawai chiefdom, Kauru LGA in Southern Kaduna, Fulani militia broke into homes and attacked villagers with knives, daggers and machetes killing five and two others injured.
“This brings to a total of 23 armless, harmless Southern Kaduna natives killed by Fulani in the past 72 hours. This is apart from over 40 murdered victims of Fulani militia in Kaura and Zangon-Kataf less than a week earlier.
“These and several others have created a humanitarian crisis in Chikun, Zangon-Kataf, Kaura and Kajuru LGAs, as thousands of IDPs can barely survive hunger, sickness and various trauma.
“It is, therefore, totally untrue that the mass murder of our people is an outcome of ‘clashes between criminal gangs’ as portrayed by President Mohammed Buhari, through his spokesman, Shehu Garba.
“Our victims are not members of criminal gangs, but mostly kids, women and the aged. The so-called ‘formidable security arrangement’ he claimed to be in place in Southern Kaduna is, at best, a ruse and a mirage, going by increasing casualties and the impunity of the Fulani armed men.
“We are under a genocidal campaign by Fulani militia, who have become ‘sacred cows’ with President Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai, both Fulani, twisting the truth to say the Fulani are on ‘reprisals.’
“We are, therefore, calling on the federal and Kaduna state authorities to do the right things and stop the propaganda against us. They should ameliorate the suffering of our people and return lives to normalcy.
“The International Community and all men and women of conscience should also intervene in the suffering of our people, who are under a pogrom that the state seems to be doing very little to stop,” it stated.