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SOUTHERN KADUNA LATEST TRAGEDY: 3 killed, 50,000 in IDP camps, 100 communities sacked by armed Fulani militia – SOKAPU

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A statement from the socio-cultural organization, the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) on recent killings revealed that three of their natives have been killed, 100 communities sacked and taken over by armed Fulani militia unchallenged by Kaduna state.

The statement, issued on Friday and signed by the Union’s spokesman, Luka Binniyat, also averred that there are 50,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) across several camps and some living with their relations as a result of invasion of their communities or unsafe to leave due to armed Fulani militia.

“As at 30th October, 2020, at least 100 communities scattered in 4 LGAs of Southern Kaduna have been displaced and taken over by armed Fulani militia unchallenged by the state, even after our repeated publication of this impunity to the government.

“There are at least 50,000 IDPs living in several camps in Southern Kaduna and with relations, all because their villages are either too unsafe to return to or have been taken over by Fulani militia,” the union lamented.

The statement read in parts: “Government forsaken Adara natives of Kallah ward, Kajuru LGA of Kaduna state, yesterday morning (29th October, 2020) witnessed another tragedy:  

Mr Kaduna Garba, 32, father of two children braved it early yesterday morning leaving his IDP camp in Kallah town with his kinsman, Francis Bala, 38. They headed for their native Magunguna village to see situation of things.

Magunguna village forms 18 other Adara communities on the flat, lush, fertile valleys of River Kaduna that have been captured by Fulani militia since May 18th, 2020, after scores were killed and the villages looted and vandalized without any provocation to the attackers.

The two men were ambushed and attacked just before getting to the village by armed Fulani with daggers and machetes, and Kaduna Garba was instantly killed, while Francis Bala escaped with fatal injuries. Garba was buried yesterday in Kallah.

Irmiya Bitrus, 20, from Kwakwa village, in Atyap chiefdom, Zangon Kataf LGA, is today at a private hospital in Zonkwa nursing grievous injuries sustained from deep machete cuts. His friend, Dachomo Alamba, 20, with whom they were attacked on the outskirt of Kwakwa village around 7:30pm on Monday, 26th October, 2020, by same armed Fulani men, died of his wounds on the spot after the assailants fled. He was buried at Kwakwa last Wednesday.

This is coming after Manyi-Mashin village in Atyap chiefdom was razed and two people killed and the entire village sacked into an IDP camp in nearby Apiako village. Not less than 5 Atyap natives have been killed by Fulani armed men and several others injured in Atyap chiefdom since the Atyap leaders entered into a peace agreement with their long time Fulani and Hausa settlers in August, 2020.

Yesterday, in similar fashion, armed Fulani men attacked two Gbagyi men riding on a bike on the Buruku-Damba-Kasaya road in Kunai ward, Chikun LGA of Kaduna state. Mr. Ezra Nayaro, 45, and father of 7 children was gunned dead, while the other passenger escaped into the bush.

Therefore, three natives of Southern Kaduna have been killed by Fulani armed men in the past five days, unprovoked, and no one is doing anything about it.

And more worrisome are southern communities that are now fully occupied by armed Fulani militia, some for over a year, and the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, is still in denial that such reprehensible truth doesn’t exist. But SOKAPU can prove that the villages bellow are now captured and occupied in Southern Kaduna communities by armed Fulani militia.

 1 KACHIA LGA (2020)

 (i)         Doka

Chikwale, Idum, Muruchi, Kwasau Legede, Kafeyawa,  Amale, Chikwale, Unguwan Pa, Gidan Sambo, Gidan Para, Unguwan Muruchi, Unguwan Dutse, Baware kasa, Gidan Duna, Sabon Gida Duna, Opase, Gidan Sunday, Gidan Yarima, Gidan Auta, Bakin Garma, Gidan Ladan,  Maigari, Gidan Wakili, Pago, Oshowodo, Gidan Peter.

 (ii)      Ankuwa Ward

 Ungwan pah

 (iii)      Bishini Ward

 Koron Kurmin iya, Ungwan Gwari KurminIya

 (iv)  Kateri Ward

 Rishi

 Numbers of communities displaced in Kachia LGA = 32 Communities from 4 Wards

 2 Kajuru LGA (2019-2020)

 (i)   Kallah Ward

Kihoro-Libere, Bakin Kogi, Umiko,Magunguna, Idazo, Ungwan , Galadima, Ungwan Guza, Etiss, Ungwan Ma’aji, Ungwan Dantata, Ungwan Araha 1 & 2, Ungwan Goshi, Ungwan Shaban, Ungwan Jibo, Ungwan Maijama’a, Ungwan Sako, Ungwan Maidoki, Ungwan Masaba

 (ii)    Tantatu Ward

 Ungwan Makware

 (iii)   Idon Ward

 Edanu, Ungwan Mudi, Ungwan Rana, Ifele, Ungwan Gora

 Number of Displaced Communities from Kajuru LGA = 24 from 3 wards

 3 CHIKUN LGA (2019-2020)

 (i)   Kunai Ward

Kudo (Dau), Sunusi Dnakwala, Galu,  Aguyita, Galuko, Galiwyi, Atopi, Onkoru, Anguwan, Badole, Manini, Hayin Damisa,  Anguwan Nyako, Badimi, Gnashi, Sarari , Giji,  Dnapagbe, Badimi, Shelbula, Rafin yashi, Sabongida, Rafinyashi, Anguwan, Amos Manini,  Hayin Dakachi Manini,  Madalla, Abon, Kawuya

(ii)   Gayam Ward in Birnin Gwari LGA Bordering Kunai in Chikun LGA

Rumanan Gbagyi,  Rumanan Hausa,  Malamo, Labi, Hayin Kozo, Muya, Shuwaka, Polwaya, Kaguru, Kasko, Nasarawa Kaguru,  Dabbara Kaguru

Number of Displaced and occupied communities = 45

“As at 30th October, 2020, at least 100 communities scattered in 4 LGAs of Southern Kaduna have been displaced and taken over by armed Fulani militia unchallenged by the state, even after our repeated publication of this impunity to the government.

“There are at least 50,000 IDPs living in several camps in Southern Kaduna and with relations, all because their villages are either too unsafe to return to or have been taken over by Fulani militia,” the union lamented.

We are, therefore, calling on the International Community, Human Rights Organizations, men and women of honor and conscience to help bear pressure on both Kaduna State Government and the Federal Government to restore these people back to their homes,” it stated.

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