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SOKAPU tasks UN, others on Zangon Kataf ‘ethnic cleansing’

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Says 40 persons killed in Southern Kaduna

Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has alleged ethnic cleansing against the indigenes of Atyap in Zangon Kataf, and called on the United Nations (UN) and other international bodies to rescue them from the hands of an oppressive government.

SOKAPU made the call yesterday following Tuesday’s killings and arson by suspected Fulani herders in Zangon Kataf. The spokesman for the group, Luka Binniyat, stated: “For the sixth day running, gunmen, identified as Fulani herdsmen by victims, laid siege to several communities in Atyap land, Zangon Kataf Local Council of Southern Kaduna and left no fewer than 33 people dead.”

He said that the onslaught by the bandits was part of the plan to grab land and that 108 Southern Kaduna communities had been displaced and their land taken over since 2019.

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“In the latest orgy of bloodshed, the invaders stormed Magamiya village, last night, around 11p.m. and started shooting. The family compound of the traditional ruler of Atyap Chiefdom, Agwatyap of Atyap, Dominic Yahaya, was attacked. Several blocks of flats and rooms that make up the family compound of five households were looted of valuables and foodstuffs.

“The houses were then set ablaze. The assailants killed a septuagenarian relation of the traditional ruler, Mr. Toma Tauna. Also, Matthew Pama, 62, was killed in the same village.”

Binniyat remarked that after about two hours of unchallenged murder, looting and arson, the armed men attempted to burn down St. Pius Catholic Church in the village, but help came from other villagers and the attackers retreated in Hilux vans.

SOKAPU added that the death toll, number of churches and homes burnt kept rising. He said: “Father and son were killed in Magata where the assailants also burnt eight homes and the Catholic Church in the village. The attackers then moved to the next village, Magori, but met a ghost town. They took their time, looted the village and loaded their bounty into the five Hilux vans they were driving in and burnt down all the 19 houses in the small village. The attackers then returned to Makarau that was attacked on Monday and burnt down the ECWA and Anglican Churches whose two pastoruims were burnt in last Monday’s afternoon attacks.”

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