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SOKAPU flays fresh herders attack in Kaduna

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The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has condemned fresh attack by gunmen in Gbagyi communities of Southern Kaduna.Armed herdsmen were said to have invaded Kugosi and Kajari villages in Chikun Council, killing three persons.

The gunmen also burnt down homes and property in the localities on Wednesday night.Besides, a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of SOKAPU, Luka Biniyat, yesterday also pointed out that 24 hours to the attack on the Gbagyi communities, rampaging gang of armed herdsmen laid siege to Manini Village in Chikun Ward, killing two victims.

He said: “In the same manner, a day before the Manini violence, a horde of armed herdsmen stormed Katarma village, in the same Chikun ward and killed two family members. In the past three days, at least seven persons have been killed.”

“According to village sources, those killed in Manini are Markus Danjuma, a 50-year old farmer with three wives and 12 children and Sharana Danjuma, aged 42, who left behind a wife and five children.”

“The gunmen came on motorcycles around 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and started shooting at anything at sight, traumatised villagers told SOKAPU.

“At the time of writing this statement, Kugosi and Kajari had been deserted with scores of villagers wandering in the bush with no food or water. Those who made contact with us said that the invaders were still around the village looting and burning down homes, barns of grains and any asset they could not loot.”

Meanwhile, at the time of filing this report, attempt to speak with the Kaduna Police Spokesman, Mohammadu Jalige, to respond to the attack in Gbagyi communities by armed men, was futile.He was not on seat when The Guardian visited his office.


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