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Casualties as herders, locals’ hostilities slide into religious conflict in S/Kaduna

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

As hostilities between herders and local people slide into religious conflicts, Kaduna state’s Governor Mall Nasir el-Rufai has ordered investigation into killings and counter-killings in areas, our correspondent authoritatively gathered.

With the current killings and counter-killings in which eight people have so far been confirmed killed in the rising hostility between herders and local people in southern part of Kaduna state, the situation is clear that the impasse is partly sliding into mini religious conflict. 

The number of death toll is still counting on both sides of the warriors as the casualty figures increased from six , seven and right in the confrontations that appears to have already taken religious conflict dimension between Saturday and Sunday in the areas.

A statement issued in Kaduna by internal security and home affairs commissioner, Mr Samuel Aruwan, stated that the State Government received reports of killings and counter-killings in Jema’a local government area of the state.

According to a security update issued to the citizens and signed by commissioner,  Mr Samuel Aruwan stressed that the state government received the operational feedback from the military under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) highlighting the unfortunate incidents. 

According to the statement, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has also directed the military and police to accelerate investigation and ensure diligent prosecution of those responsible for the killing. 

It further stated that, “The military on Saturday, 28th November, 2020, reported to the government that one herder, Isiyaka Saidu of Ungwan Pah Village of Jema’a local government was killed by unknown persons with deep knife cuts on his head. 

“The military further stated that three persons were arrested from Ungwan Pah and Ungwan Bido villages of the same local government area, including Victor Markus, Gero David and One Thankgod Sunday.

“Security agencies have further reported that Ungwan Bido Village was attacked on Sunday, 29th November, 2020, where some local residents were killed and four injured. Two children are missing.

“The six persons killed are: Silas Maman, Malaki Tabat, Geoffrey Andrew, Anna Ahmadu, Sunday Tagwai and Fidelis Musa, respectively.

“Indeed the four persons, who were injured, are Adamu Mangai, Matta Silas, Yaro Musa and Yaro Andrew, while the two children missing also include Rebecca Àndrew and Clement Andrew.” 

The statement further revealed that the houses of the following citizens were burnt by the attackers. The affected houses include the Adamu Mangai, Gideon Nuhu, Andrew Adamu and Alphonsus Michael.

The state government condemned these attacks and the loss of lives and has directed security agencies to investigate and arrest all persons involved in the criminal actions.

While the state government condemned these attacks and the loss of lives, it has directed security agencies to investigate and arrest all persons involved in the criminal actions.

Governor El-Rufai has sent condolences to the families that lost their loved ones and prayed for the repose of their souls and wished those that sustained injuries speedy recovery. 

The Second Security Update on the killing and counter-killing in Jema’a local government stated that Special Forces arrests two suspects linked to counter-killing.

It also stated that one more person has been confirmed dead and the two children rescued from the forest.

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