by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
No few than five people were killed and 36 houses razed down in an attack by Fulani herdsmen on southern community area of Kaduna state, a release issued by Southern Kaduna People’s Union, SOKAPU, has revealed.
SOKAPU, in a statement issued and made available to journalists in Kaduna on Mandy, stated that a native was also killed on Monday morning on his way to farm and 320 people were displaced due to the attack, which took place in Ungwan Magaji Village in Kamuru Chawai ward of Kauru local government area, Kaduna state.
The statement, signed by the Union’s National Public Relations officer, Mr. Luka Binniyat, stated that “Yesterday (Sunday), armed Fulani invaders lay siege to Unguwan Magaji Village, Kamaru Chawai ward, in Kauru local government area, LGA, in the southern part of Kaduna state, killing four and razing 36 houses.
“However, brave youths of the village put strong resistance to the invaders. One of the attackers was found dead and his phone retrieved and has revealed useful information, which has been passed to the police.
“The invaders, who came by 6:45pm on Sunday from behind the hills that serves as the boundary of Kaduna state and Ganawuri, Plateau State, were numbered over a 100,” he stated.
SOKAPU stated that the, attack from four flanks caused a lot of confusion and pandemonium among unsuspecting villagers as village youths tried to fend them off.
It added that after about 30 minutes of violence, “four were unfortunately killed, including Mrs Hanatu Joseph, 58, and mother of 5 children; Mrs Sarah Sunday, 40, who left behind her husband and 6 children.
Others are: Mrs Dije Sajay, 55, married with 6 children and Mr Sunday David, 47, married with 7 children and a retrenched civil servant.
The attackers allegedly targeted food stores and bans of grains, making sure they burnt as much as they could. “This is to ostensibly cause starvation, especially under this lockdown from the coronavirus.
“Police and soldiers came into Ungwan Magaji only this morning, around 9am, and saw the corpse of the dead herdsman, which they later took away. Meanwhile, early this month, Ibrahim Atiga,42, a native of Ungwan Magaji, was killed by herdsmen on his way to the farm, and has since been buried,” it stated.
“Also, in an unrelated development, kidnappers broke into the home of Mr. Jack Uwenke of Gbagy Villa – an expansive suburb of Kaduna – and kidnapped him and his wife on the 16th April, 2020,” SOKAPU lamented.
“A student of Kaura Namoda Polytechnic, Sebastian Stephen, was also killed by the rampaging kidnappers.
“The phone number of the dead Fulani herdsman in the Ungwan Magaji attack is written as 090 3708 4640, for the records purpose and for the public interest,” it noted.
The Union, therefore, called on the police to “take this rare lead and carry out a scrupulous forensic investigation and make their findings public. We shall keep a keen eye on this and we call on the general public to also show interest. So far, about 320 persons have been displaced from the attack, and are in dire need of assistance.
The Union recalled that on the 13th November, 2015, armed herdsmen carried out coordinated attacks on Ungwan Magaji and five other neighbouring villages in which 37 persons were killed, 202 homes razed and the only church, a Catholic Church was burnt down, calling on their communities to remain vigilant against forces of evil, who don’t seem to care about the pandemic hanging over mankind in their quest for the blood of the innocent.
“SOKAPU is aware of the pressure on government to enforcing the ongoing lockdown, but it must not waver on its cardinal responsibility of securing lives and property,” it stated.