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24 People Killed In Zango Kataf By Suspected Herdsmen

NEWS - Posted on: 13th Jul. 2020 at 5:43PM

Reports according to the people of Southern Kaduna say that not less than 24 people were killed over this weekend by suspected Fulani herdsmen. 

The National PRO of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU),  Luka Binniyat, said the raid took place in three Local Government areas of Kauru, Zango-Kataf and Kajuru, where many houses were also burnt and most displaced as they had to flee for their lives. 

Part of his statement reads: 

“This unprovoked attack ended in the massacre of nine Atyap natives, mostly women and children.

“The invaders also burnt down over 20 houses, destroyed farmlands, rustled 24 cattle and other livestock, and looted foodstuffs.

“As the curfew persisted, on Saturday, these Fulani continued their attacks. In particular, they attacked the Kigudu community, which is close to Chibob, located at the boundary between Zangon Kataf and Kauru LGAs.

“This led to the death of 10 women, an infant and an old man, who were burnt to death inside a house they had taken refuge in. 

“Some of the corpses were burnt to ashes. Four homes were razed. This brought the death toll to 12 in that community.

“With the curfew still in rigid enforcement, Anguwan Audu, a Surubu village, still under Gora ward, was invaded this morning of July 12, 2020, during which the village was looted and burnt and one person killed."

President Buhari has condemned the act, commensurate with the victims and appealed for a stop to this cycle of reprisal attacks while promising to look into the crisis. 

However, people of Southern Kaduna may not be taking him too seriously. These attacks have been happening for years and perpetrators have never been brought to book. But we wait to see if things would change this time around. The people of Southern Kaduna are always the targets of Fulani militia groups.

Written by Emdee David

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