33 killed in Southern Kaduna fresh attacks

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Tochi Juliet

Reports have it that 33 people were killed in the fresh attacks carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen in five villages of Atyap Chiefdom, in Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna State.

This is happening under a 24-hour curfew imposed in the area for the past 65 days since the unrest in Zangon Kataf following the alleged killing of a 32-year-old man in farmland.

A group known as the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU confirmed the incident.

The SOKAPU National Public Relations Officer, Luka Binniyat, while explaining the situation in a statement, said:

"The villages affected are Apiashyim, Kibori, Apiako, Atakmawei and Magamiy.

"Prior to now, they were all shut down with fierce armed military men patrolling and enforcing the 24 hours curfew. But when the gunmen struck, they were not on the ground.”

The statement added that soldiers arrested four Atyap youths from Majuju and Kibori villages who went to farm under the curfew after being thoroughly beaten and handed over to the Police. They whisked them to SCID, Kaduna.

They have been denied bail since 26th June 2020 which is the trend of brutality that have forced the people indoors for nearly two months today.

It added that the Fulani herders have been moving freely and grazing over large swaths of maize farms of the locked-up farmers despite the curfew imposed on the state.

The statement further reads that on Wednesday night around 11 pm, trucks loads of armed Fulani militia made their way through military checkpoints under the curfew and stormed Apiashyim and Kibori villages, laying siege to Apyaishyim, killing, looting and burning houses, six dead, while 20 houses burnt.

In a nearby village, seven persons were killed, "they (Fulanis) struck Atakmawei sleeping community and carried out another carnage in which 12 persons were killed and ten houses burnt."

It was also reported that shooters went to Apyiako and killed 3 people, and burnt houses, including the home of late Col. Bobai Ishaku among others.

Magamiya village was also attacked and 5 people killed and seven houses burnt.

The statement adds that "no one wants to risk the brutality of the military that are enforcing the curfew, adding that even if the curfew is lifted, freely grazing cattle herded by armed Fulani men have eaten up and trampled over thousands of hectares of grain farms, yam farms, sugar cane crops, among others."

The union appealed to the international community, men and women of conscience, and the world to come to the aid of the affected people as there is what the group described as a government-sponsored genocide against Southern Kaduna communities.

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