by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
There are cases of reported killing and missing of persons, especially community leaders, following clashes between Fulani and Atyap indigenes in Atyap Chiefdom of southern part of Kaduna State.
The Atyap community recently issued a press release of alleged missing of three of its leaders, including secretary to the district heads, after a meeting between herders and farmers over damaging of farm crops by cattle.
Also, in a press conference on Thursday in Kaduna by Fulani group under Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the group decried alleged missing and killing of their leaders, Wakilin Fulani of Atyap (Kataf) Chiefdom by Atyap people.
The Fulani group, led by State Chairman, Alh. Haruna Usman Tugga, lamented alleged renewed wanton killings of innocent Fulani people in Zangon-Kataf local government and destruction of their properties, demanding for justice and compensation.
“It is on a very sad note that our association addresses you today. This is in relation to the renewed wanton killings of innocent Fulani people in Zangon-Kataf LGA and destruction of their properties.
“In the past few days, there have been series of deliberately targeted killings by the Atyap communities on Fulani people, including two Ardos, namely: Ardo Pate Kurmi (Wakilin Fulani in the Atyap Chiefdom) and Ardo Muhammadu Anchau, who were brutally killed in cold blood after embarking on a peace mission to Gora District of the Atyap Chiefdom,” they said.
According to the MACBAN, the killing of their leaders was allegedly mastermind by through connivance and tacit support of security operatives.
“Their killing was orchestrated in a systematic way with active connivance or tacit support of the Officer-In-charge (0/C) of Operation Safe Haven stationed at Gora Gan Village, Gora District.
“This is because the attack that culminated into the brutal killing of the two Ardos and one other person started right at the camp of the Operation Safe Haven at Gora Gan when some Atyap women erupted into protest, attacking the Ardos and other three Fulani people that were with them.
“Notwithstanding the violent protests, the officers of the Operation Safe Haven asked the Ardos to be driven by the secretary to the District Head of Gora District (one Ayuba Bungwon) without any security cover.
“Unfortunately, they were intercepted on the road, along Sagwaza, and the two Ardos and one other person, by name Muhammed Yakubu, got brutally killed. As the Almighty would have it, two young persons were able to overrun the attackers and narrowly escaped,” Fulani group stated.
According to them, there were several other attacks on Fulani people and their livestock in Zangon-Kataf LGAs and surrounding local governments.
In Kagarko Grazing Reserve in Kagarko local government area of Kaduna State, MACBAN stated that, “It is imperative to also inform you, gentlemen of the press, about the antics and deliberate destruction of Fulani settlements in the Kagarko Grazing Reserve by one Vice Admiral Iko lbrahim (r.t.d), who is a former Chief of Naval Staff, who has been going about intimidating, harassing and torturing of Fulani community members of the Grazing Reserve on the pretext that he is the owner of over 30,000 hectares in the Grazing Reserve.
“The said Vice Admiral Iko lbrahim has been conniving with the military personnel manning the roadblock at Kagarko Town, usually enter the grazing reserve n their Hilux vehicle in a commando style, subjecting the residents of the grazing reserve to series.
“The association notes that drastic measures should be taken by the relevant serious security to bring about peace in the grazing reserve and the entire Kagarko because of the burning of their hamlets and other valuables.
They, therefore, prayed that perpetrators of violence against their people should be identified, arrested and prosecuted, according to the laws of the land, while calling on their members to be calm and law abiding and not to take laws into their hands and to allow constituted authorities to enforce peace and order.
They also called on the leadership of Atyap Chiefdom in particular, and the Southern
Kaduna in general, to caution their subjects from attacking, killing and maiming their members and destroying their hard-earned wealth.
“The government should pay adequate compensation for the lives of our members, who were killed during the attacks, as well as for their wealth that was heartlessly destroyed by the Atyap communities, among others.
“We appeal to the Kaduna State Government to take necessary action by ensuring the arrest and prosecution of the said Vice Admiral Iko lbrahim (r.t.d.) and his cohorts.
“We call on the Kaduna State Government to come to the aid of the victims of the violence perpetrated by Vice Admiral Iko lbrahim and his agents, which rendered them homeless and currently living in deplorable conditions at the goodwill of neighbors and relations,” they stated.
The group gave details of the casualty figures recorded and their location as follows: Wakili Ardo Pate Kurmi, 51 years (Wakilin Fulani in the Gora-Sagwaza 21/03/2021, Zangon-Kataf LGA Atyap Chiefdom).
“Ardo Muhammed Anchau, 55 years, Mabuhu Zon-Zon 02/03/2021, Muhammad Yakubu, 41 years, Zangon-Kataf LGA, Mustapha Bako, 12 year, Gora-Sagwaza17/03/2021, Zangon-Kataf LGA, Yusuf Hamidu, 14 years, Yakubu Aruwa, 25 years, Kizachi Village 11/03/2021, Kauru LGA, Ibrahim Yuguda, 30 years, respectively.”