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Fulani group fault govt on Kaduna attacks as 131 victims’ names emerge

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Less than 12 hours after Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Ahmad AbdulRahman allegedly faulted the 130 casualty figure given by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the Fulani community yesterday came up with the names of 131 victims of the recent killings in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.

The community, which held a press conference yesterday under the auspices of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Fulani Socio-cultural Association, Mobgal Fulbe Development Association (MOFDA), Gan Allah Fulani Development Association (GAFDAN) and Fulbe Global Development and Right Initiative said hundreds are still missing.

They asked the Federal and Kaduna State governments to as a matter of urgency, set up an independent panel of investigation to unravel the mystery of missing dead bodies suspected to have been hidden or burnt to ashes. Speaking on behalf of other associations’ leaders and survivors of the violence, Saleh Alhassan of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, also asked the security agencies to quickly commence the process of detailed documentation of the violence, including collection of exhibits and all relevant information to isolate the perpetrators of the violence, arrest and prosecute them for genocide. The Fulani who alleged that, the killings was a genocidal mission aimed at extermination of their families also appealed to all Nigerians to condemn the violent attack on their kinsmen.

“In terms of human loss, 131 persons were killed. The bodies of 66 persons were recovered as earlier stated, where mass burials were performed, with the highest being 37 persons buried in a single, shallow grave in a valley. The dead bodies of 65 pastoralists are yet to be recovered. It is important to state here that, survivors had seen when the members of their families were captured by the Adara youths and moved in the directions of the forest for cold-blooded execution.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, this is the third time that these forms of crimes are committed by the Adara communities against the pastoralists, now becoming a recurring phenomenon since 2017. I believe every Nigerian will recall the brutal murder of 100 pastoralists, mostly children, women and the elderly by the Adara militia youths at Angwan Aku and environs in June 2017. That episode is yet to be investigated, and to date, nobody is held accountable. We recognize the effort of the security agencies in rescuing some of the victims, but help came too late after the brutal murder of many. Again, the Kaduna State Government, contrary to the previous practice of shielding information and denying the occurrence of similar type of violence, have come out openly to condemn the violence and initiate processes through which the carnage was contained. We urge and appeal for more efforts in this direction, as well as the strengthening of early response to halt such forms of massacres in the future.” Alhassan said.

Meanwhile, Abdulrahman has said more casualties could be expected when the investigation is completed. The CP while speaking refuted the report that he faulted casualty figures presented by the state governor over the killings.

Earlier, the CP was quoted saying he advised the state governor not to release any figure of casualties, saying figures in a crisis of this magnitude should be kept under wraps until investigation is completed. Blaming ‘unscrupulous elements among the press’, Abdulrahman said he only tried to apprise members of the public to understand the situation, as investigation is still ongoing.

Social cultural group, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) has decried the inability of the Federal and Kaduna State Governments to tackle incessant ethno-religious and communal clashes in the state, particularly the recent attack in Kajuru Council, where over 66 persons were killed. The Fulani group, which claimed the killings were motivated by selfish ethno-religious and political interest, said the senseless attack lingers unabated for years as a result of lack of political will of previous and present administrations to bring culprits of the mayhem to justice.

Besides, the group considered the Muslim-Muslim governorship and deputy governorship ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as an insensitive action that could further escalate ethno-religious crisis in Kaduna, just as they cautioned against politicisation of Fulani associations in the northern Nigeria.

Rising from emergency national meeting in Kano, yesterday, GAFDAN blamed Adara community of Southern Kaduna for the killing of their kinsmen in Iri and Maro villages in Kajuru Council.

In a communiqué signed by its National Chairman, Alhaji Sale Bayari and made available to The Guardian, the group expressed shock over what its described as “brutal, inhuman and merciless,” the manner children, women, the young and aged were murdered in cold blood on Monday, February 11, 2019, without provocation or reason. They called for calm in the affected communities and charged the people to resist any temptation that could instigate reprisal attacks.

Meanwhile, wife of the President, Aisha Buhari donated relief to survivors of the recent killings in Kajuru, describing the violent crisis that claimed the lives of many as unfortunate, praying that such does not occur again.

Presenting the materials to the survivors, she assured that the perpetrators of the crime will be fished out and be made to face the full wrath of the law. Represented by Binta Muazu, the First Lady told both communities affected in the crisis that God has reasons for bringing them together; therefore, they must live together in peace and harmony.

Also speaking, wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Aisha (Ummi) Garba El-Rufai expressed appreciation to the President’s wife and admonished the people to live in peace. Receiving the items on behalf of the people of Kajuru, Chairman of local government council, Kafra Caino Boaz expressed dismay that their image was being soiled by incessant crisis, saying the crisis have a denied them meaningful developments and progress.


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