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Kajuru Killings: HURIWA bemoans incessant attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen

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A pro-democracy and non-governmental organization, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has bemoaned the incessant attacks by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen targeting largely Christian communities in Southern Kaduna State.

The Rights group said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu whose primary duty is to prevent these sorts of wanton killings by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen must resign forthwith or be sacked by President Muhammadu Buhari.

HURIWA, however, called on the Federal and Kaduna State government to arrest, prosecute and punish heavily the killer herdsmen launching terrorist attacks on communities in Southern Kaduna and another part of the country.

In a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and its National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, said it condemned the latest attack which took place in the farming community of Gonar Rogo in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state where 17 persons were hacked to death by the marauding herdsmen.

“We are disturbed because there is said to be a military checkpoint not far away from the attacked community yet the killer herdsmen had enough time to carry out their dastardly act with no resistance from the security.

“HURIWA calls on the Federal and Kaduna state government to stop these wanton killings by the herdsmen or risk having the country destroyed by their activities.

“HURIWA also calls on the government at both state and federal levels to as a matter of urgency send relief materials to the survivors of the latest terror attack in Gonar Rogo and also beef up security in the local government to forestall future attacks, ” the statement noted.

It added that it was worried that if nothing is done to stop these unprovoked attacks in the local government, Kaduna state, and the country at large may be thrown into a state of anarchy as the victims may be left with no option than to take laws into their hands, adding that the lackadaisical attitude and lukewarmness with which the government handles the incessant killings carried out by terrorist herdsmen has further emboldened them to continue their trade of spilling blood across the country.

Gonar Rogo attack is one of many that has befallen Southern Kaduna in recent times where dozens of persons have been killed with no one being prosecuted for such crimes against humanity.

HURIWA recalled that most of the victims of the terror attack which occurred at the early hours of today are women and children who were hacked to death in their sleep.

Also recalled that news of the latest attack filtered through the media at the early hours of today where the farming Community of Gonar Rogo was reported to have been attacked at about 12 am this morning being 12th May 2020 by heavily armed herdsmen.


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