New Year Tragedy: Herdsmen Kill Traditional Ruler, And Pregnant

Suspected herdsmen have killed a traditional ruler, the Etum Numana and his pregnant wife at their home in Sanga local government area in Kaduna today January 1st.

The monarch was said to have just returned home from where he had gone to celebrate the beginning of the New Year when the gunmen stormed his home at about 12.05am and opened fire.

Confirming the incident, a resident of the Area , Bala Audu who is also the chairman of Sanga Development Association, said

“He was seated with his second wife who is pregnant. Suddenly the gunmen, who I was told covered their faces with masks, invaded the house and opened fire on them, alongside his son who is about 45 years. The chief and his wife died on the spot, the son did not die but he sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital. The gun men set the house ablaze and burnt a vehicle which was recently given to the chief as a gift. They fled into the bush after they committed the dastardly act.”

 

CAN Urges State To Re-open Schools In Southern Kaduna

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the Kaduna State Government to re-open the tertiary institutions closed down because of the violence in Southern Kaduna.

Rev. Samson Ayokunle, the President of CAN, made the call on Thursday in Kafanchan, when he visited Southern Kaduna to donate relief materials, worth N8 million, to victims of the lingering violence. reports the three tertiary institutions in the area – the Kafanchan campus of the Kaduna State University, the College of Education, Gidan-Way, and College of Nursing, Kafanchan, were shut last year.

The report says that the three tertiary institutions in the area – the Kafanchan campus of the Kaduna State University, the College of Education, Gidan-Way, and College of Nursing, Kafanchan, were shut last year.

The institutions had since remained closed, while the 2016/2017 session is already coming to an end in institutions located in other parts of the states.

Ayokunle, who expressed surprise that the schools were still closed down, advised the government to open them and ensure adequate protection for the students.

The CAN President called for urgent measures to end the violence, saying that Nigeria would not have peace until people of southern Kaduna and other crisis-ridden parts in the country had peace and justice.

He said that the visit was to share in the grief of the victims of the violence.

“We came here to show our deep concern over your predicament; we know what you people are passing through. We may not have much to give you physically, but you are not alone in this situation.

“I appeal to the government to ensure an end to the attacks by herdsmen on Southern Kaduna and other parts of the country. The government must act swiftly,” he said.

Ayokunle also urged the government to repair Churches and houses that were burnt down during the crisis, while also ensuring that the culprits were brought to book.

He also urged the government to disarm the herdsmen accused of killing natives and prosecute those found to be involved in the killings.

The CAN President praised the security agencies for the efforts to end the violence but challenged them to understand that they would be held responsible if the violence persisted.

He also advised the security men against restricting their activities to roadblocks along the highways, while the hinterlands were being attacked.

Ayokunle said that security men must be sincerely committed to ending the violence, and cautioned them against looking the other way when evil was going on.

Earlier, the CAN Secretary, Kaduna State, Rev. Sunday Ibrahim, described the visit as a morale booster, and described it as “very great significance to the Southern Kaduna people”.

Ibrahim urged the government to ensure security to farmers to enable a return to the farms so as to feed the people.

He urged the victims to remain hopeful and cautioned against reprisal attacks.

“The Bible is clear here. Vengeance is the Lord’s. He is all knowing and shall intervene at the right time,” Ibrahim said.

Southern Kaduna Killings: FG Appears to Have Lost Control

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Samson Ayokunle, yesterday, condemned the federal government’s inability to stop the mindless killings in Southern Kaduna.

He declared that the government appeared to have lost control of the situation in the troubled community.

Ayokunle, who is also the President of The Nigerian Baptist Convention, spoke at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, ahead of the 104th Annual Session of the Nigerian Baptist Convention that begins in Abuja from today.

The Baptist Convention President said: “Just a few days ago, news broke again that some Fulani herdsmen allegedly hacked another 13 people to death in Southern Kaduna. The government appeared not to be in control of this situation yet. I pray that it will not get out of hand. Nigerians need not to continue to lose their lives like this where we have a government in place with all the tools to provide security.

“Late last year, government announced that it was establishing a military battalion in addition to a squadron of Mobile Police just to curb this menace. It is therefore a wonder that innocent lives are still being lost despite these efforts. It was gratifying to note the swiftness with which the Police apprehended suspects in the Ile-Ife communal clash. It is however, a wonder that since Fulani herdsmen have been killing farmers from every corner of the country, neither the police nor other security agencies have been able to be as prompt in making arrests and seeing prosecution through.

“In February this year, the United States House of Representatives cited Nigeria as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world. Certainly, this is a most unpleasant classification for a country that is a democracy and the giant of Africa. What type of giant are we? It is a classification that should not make patriotic Nigerians glad in a country where population is roughly divided equally between Islam and Christianity.”

Ayokunle said it was essential for the federal government in whose care instruments of cohesion lie to quickly remedy this situation in Southern Kaduna.

“It will be in the interest of national development and peaceful co-existence. If continuous killings have not been happening, we would not have been shouting wolf where there was none. We appeal to the government to desist from giving excuses why the killings are still occurring. We want an end to the killings henceforth. Enough is enough.”

However, the CAN President appreciated the federal government for waging war against Boko Haram and for sustaining it.

He saluted the courage of the soldiers on the war front, describing them as “our gallant military” and said the Baptist family shall continue to pray for them “over this good work of defending the people.”

Ayokunle added: “Equally, the release of 21 of the several Chibok girls kidnapped three years ago is commendable but more effort is solicited for the release of the rest before their lives are completely ruined for no sin of theirs.

”We commend as well the recent efforts of the federal government on the economy, especially in strengthening the local currency. More sincerity should be shown on this so that the siege of economic hardship that has almost crippled the lives of Nigerians and increased the rates of suicide might be lifted. Salaries owed the workers all over the nation must be paid without delay. My Bible says that the wages of the workers must not be delayed overnight.”

The CAN President expressed worry about a skewed political appointment, saying “all must be done in political appointments and in the conduct of government business to reflect federal character not only on ethnicity but also ensuring religious balance.”

He added: “The suspicion of favouritism by the government of one religious group to the detriment of others must be avoided. The more the government adheres to these admonitions, the more coherent we would be as a people and the greater the peace and development.”

Source: This Day

Fresh Attacks In Southern Kaduna Leaves 13 Dead

At least 13 people have been reportedly killed during the weekend at Asso Village, Jama’a Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna.

The incident, according to a source in the village, occurred about 7.30 p.m. on Saturday when the herdsmen in large numbers invaded the community and started shooting sporadically.

In a phone interview, the source who pleaded to remain anonymous, said several people who ran for their dear lives sustained injuries from gunshots and were rushed to the hospital.

He said the attackers were heavily armed, adding that the operation lasted for about 30 minutes without any help from the security agencies deployed last December to stop the persistent killings in that part of the state.

The source said the attack, in the midst of heavy security presence in southern Kaduna, made residents lose confidence in the security personnel.

In the wake of the latest onslaught, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, condemned the attack.
The governor, in a statement by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, condole with the families of the victims and urged the security agencies to redouble their efforts in fishing out the culprits and bring them to justice.

 

El-Rufai Decries Destruction of Military Battalion Structure in Southern Kaduna

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has decried the destruction of the foundation laying structure of the proposed Nigerian Army Battalion in Southern Kaduna.

In a statement on Saturday by Samuel Aruwan, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, El-Rufai described the situation as “unfortunate that conflict entrepreneurs are determined to create obstacles and setback to our stabilization and peace building efforts.”

“I received the news with shock over the unfortunate destruction of foundation laying structure of the proposed Nigerian Army battalion in Southern Kaduna.

focused and resolute in overcoming antics of forces of darkness and evil.

“Those that did this are determined to derail the contributions of security agencies, having failed to spread their tentacles of hate, bigotry and penchant for divisiveness.

“I want to use this medium to appeal to all men and women of conscience, to remain firm and optimistic, while government in collaboration with security agencies, civil society, religious and traditional institutions will continue to work for peace and security of lives and property.

“Finally, all those that have their hands in the destruction of this structure will not go free,’’ he said.

According to him, the security agencies will fish out the perpetrators and those found to be involved, or engaged in omissions that led to the destruction of public property, will be brought to justice.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai and Gov. El-Rufai had last week, laid the foundation for the establishment of the battalion at Ungwan Yashi area of Zangon Kataf Local Government, as a response to incessant killings occurring in Southern Kaduna since 1980.

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Senate To Investigate Southern Kaduna Killings – Saraki

Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday pledged that the Nigerian Senate, upon resumption, will look into the crises that have led to the wanton loss of lives and property in the Southern part of Kaduna State, in recent times.

The Senate President made this known while responding to the cry of a concerned Nigerian on Twitter on Monday, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on New Media, Bamikole Omishore, in Abuja.

A twitter user, Chimeze Okoro Ukoha had tweeted: “@Bukolasaraki About 800 Christians massacred in Kaduna and nobody is talking about that. VERY BAD,” the concerned Nigerian told Saraki.

In his response, Saraki said: “Once @NGRSenate resumes, this issue will be addressed to get a clearer picture of what the real situation is and find a lasting solution.”

Saraki went further by also tweeting: “Every Nigerian life matters, and @ngrsenate will work to ensure that rule of law is always upheld as prescribed by Nigerian Constitution.”

The killings in Southern Kaduna have continued to generate reactions from various quarters, especially among the masses.

Many have questioned why the killings have continued despite the security measures put in place by the Kaduna State Government. A lot of Nigerians have also appealed to the Federal Government to nip the ugly trend in the bud.

Special Assistant on New Media to the Senate President, Bamikole Omishore, said the Senate President is in touch with Senators from that state and constantly getting updates on developments even though the Senate is on recess.

Afenifere Condemns Buhari’s Silence on Southern Kaduna Violence

Afenifere, a leading socio-cultural group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to show respect for human life and condemn the violence and killings in southern Kaduna believed to be orchestrated by Fulani herdsmen.

This is following a report by the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Kaduna, which disclosed that a total of 808 people were killed in 53 villages across four local governments in the state. The report also revealed that 57 people were injured, farm produce estimated at N5.5 billion were destroyed, and 1,422 houses and 16 churches burnt.

In a statement by its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the group urged the president to set up an inquiry into the killings to identify the remote and immediate causes, identify the perpetrators and also compel Governor Nasir El-Rufai to disclose all the killers he has interfaced with and compensated so that they can be brought to trial. The group also demanded that the victims be compensated.

Afenifere also asked Mr. President to instruct security agencies accused of taking sides in the conflicts to perform their duties fairly.

The statement read in parts: “It grieves us that the Federal Government has been quiet on these killings, relying on the governor of the state who has openly confessed that he looked out for the killers to compensate them because they are of the same ethnic stock with him.

“A state of emergency ought to have been declared in Kaduna as the governor, by that claim, can no longer be trusted to perform his constitutional duty of protecting the lives and property of all citizens.”

Afenifere condemned a statement credited by the spokesman of the President, Mr. Femi Adesina that Buhari had been quiet on the killings because he could not speak on every issue.

“How can the killings of citizens in hundreds be ‘every issue’? Has our President not sent messages to other countries where tragedies of lesser proportion occurred?

“When Mr. President was to visit Bauchi a few days ago and couldn’t make the trip because of bad weather, did he not speak directly to the people in Hausa language?

“The disappointment the people of Bauchi experienced over cancellation of a visit cannot be compared in any way to the sorrows, pains and anguish of the people of Southern Kaduna.

Also, the Bishop of Kaduna Diocese of Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev Timothy Yahaya yesterday urged Buhari to declare a national day of
mourning over the killing of innocent citizens.

Senator Lambast Elrufai For Paying Off Fulani Herdsmen Terrorizing Southern Kaduna Villages

Senator Representing Kaduna South Senatorial District, Senator Danjuma Laah, has described the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Elrufai as a callous, insensitive and crude bigot, over recent revelations in the media that he governor had paid off Fulani herdsmen terrorizing several communities and villages in Southern Kaduna.

In a terse press statement, Senator Laah lamented he had tried to meet severally with the governor over the growing insecurity in his zone, but was rebuffed severally. He accused the Governor Elrufai of lieing, stating the people of Southern Kaduna never killed Fulani herdsmen.

Read the full press statement below:

Press Statement From Senator Danjuma Tella Laah for Immediate Use.
Gentlemen of the Press,
As the Senator representing  Kaduna South Senatorial  Zone, I hereby wish  to make  my assertion,  and indeed, views and position of  my constituency on some very vexing and serious utterances  made  by  Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state as it concerns the survival and wellbeing of Southern Kaduna.
This is from the outcome of Newspapers’ and online captions  quoting Governor Nasir el-Rufai as saying that he has had to trace some of the murderous Fulani  herdsmen that have been killing defenceless, innocent Southern Kaduna natives and destroying their villages. The news sources said that after tracing them, he told them that he was also a Fulani man and paid them sums of money to stop the massacre, burning and tearing down of scores of communities in Southern Kaduna.
That not done with, the governor also uttered a very bizarre threat that he has compiled for arrest and prosecution, names of persons asking the people of Southern Kaduna to defend themselves  against the obvious inability of the Chief Security Officer  of the state –  Governor Nasir El-Rufai –  to secure their lives and property and save them the trauma of being under perpetual fear of further unprovoked violence.
Knowing how swiftly he reacts to any untoward issue unfairly thrown at him in the media, I have waited for days to hear or read a rebuttal from him but to no avail.  This therefore confirms these unfortunate utterances as truly that of the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
I wish to state that these statements are not only unfortunate, callous, insensitive, crude and demeaning of his office and intelligence, it throws him up as a bigot and hatter of Southern Kaduna and we are holding him as an accomplice in the ongoing genocide in Southern Kaduna.
According to the Leadership Newspaper of 4th December, 2016 under the headline: “Foreigners Behind Southern Kaduna Massacre – El-Rufai, he was quoted as saying about what happened during the 2011 post presidential election violence:
“Some of them (Killer Fulani) were from Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali and Senegal,” adding that “Many of these people were killed, cattle lost and they organised themselves and came back to revenge. We took certain steps. We got a group of people that were going round trying to trace some of these people, trying to trace some of these people in Cameroon, Niger Republic and so on to tell them that there is a new governor who is Fulani like them and has no problem paying compensations for lives lost and he is begging you to stop the killing .
“In most of the communities, once that appeal was made to them, they said they have forgiven. There are one or two that asked for monetary compensation. They said they have forgiven the death of human beings, but want compensation for cattle. We said no problem, some we paid.”
 
What a startling and an unacceptable revelation!
 In the light of the above I wish to state as follows:
  • That there was never in a time in 2011 that Fulani from Mali, Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Mali and Senegal were killed in Southern Kaduna with their cattle. This is a silly and an absurd lie. Southern Kaduna is not a junction of these countries. So how could they have all converged on Southern Kaduna on their usual migration back home? The Governor just invented this lie to make excuse for his imported murderous Fulani kindred to continue their extermination of our people and the occupation of our lands.
  • As the main political leader and representative of Southern Kaduna at the Federal level, despite many overtures of trying to meet with the governor over the insecurity in my zone with no success, he has never deem it fit to inform me of these actions so as to seek my views and that of my constituency over the matter. This is a very curious development, especially as I was able to make the Senate to pass a resolution asking the Federal Government to declare a State of Emergency on Security in Southern Kaduna last month. I expected him to cash on that, using his connection with the President and Commander-in-Chief. But, he was obviously not concerned. 
  • In the light of the above,  the  Federal Government, especially the Nigeria Intelligence Agency, NIA,  the Directorate of State Services, SSS, the Directorate of Military Intelligence, DMI and sundry agencies should look no further for the solution to the unrelenting killings in Southern Kaduna. El-Rufai must be held to produce the killers of innocent Nigerians since he has been able to identify them and their locations. This will lead to their sponsors in Nigeria and other places.  Nigeria should then use its diplomatic relationship and extradite these murderers of its citizens, plunderers and arsonists to face justice in Nigeria.
  • After Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s term in office, it should be possible to prosecute him for being an accessory to mass murder, since he has refused to reveal these findings to the rightful authority for actions to stop the evil that is spreading to many states today.
  • Governor Nasir el-Rufai should also state how much of Kaduna State scarce resources have been moved to these killers and whether he has the authority of the law to so spend the money on enemies of Southern Kaduna and Nigeria.
  • El-Rufai should also be investigated to find out if these moneys were not further put into the buying of more arms and the recruitments of more killers, who we strongly believe, are also jihadists.
  • Though he has ferried much undisclosed amounts of money to murderers, I am pleading with Kaduna State indigenes and residents to ask why he has stubbornly refused to render basic assistance of rebuilding of even a home, or any form of monetary assistance to the surviving victims in Southern Kaduna. Most are still left without food and shelter despite the modest assistance that some of us, churches, NGOs etc have continued to render from time to time.
  • I am constrain to add that Nasir el-Rufai with his lack of  will to show commitment to the insecurity in Southern Kaduna, and his resolve to carry on with over six Cattle Grazing Reserves in Southern Kaduna, he is actually creating new, permanent “conquered” settlements for his Fulani kinsmen. I said this because his Fulani brothers have  killed people and chased them out from their communities and are now fully settled with their families and cattle in several villages  in Kaura, Sanga and Jema’a Local Government Areas, while the governor turns his eyes the other way round.
  • My conviction on this is based on the findings that the State government was able to wage a concerted war against cattle thieves and bandits in the expansive forests and hills of  Birnin Gwari  environs and easily succumbed the criminals, but has refused to extend even a fraction of that effort to save precious human lives and human communities in Southern Kaduna. The simple reason is that just as it is in the interest of  law abiding Fulani to recover their cattle and goats in Birnin Gwari from same rogue Fulani, it is also in the interest of Fulani to leave our  damaged and, yet  to be ruined communities, weak and helpless for them to easily take over.
I hinged my believe on the above based on threat the governor gave against Southern Kaduna trying to defend itself from the unprovoked aggression. He said in that story:
“There are people that are sending a message, defend yourselves. We  will get them. Defend yourself is hate speech. You can’t defend yourself if there is a government. We are going to arrest and prosecute all those that pass that message.”
To me, this  is very strange and ridiculous. But it is also pregnant with meanings. Why is the governor saying that Southern Kaduna should not deploy self-defence when El-Rufai’s Fulani marauders come hacking them down and burning their communities with the governor unable to tame his brothers?
In what way will it benefit Southern Kaduna if it does not defend itself and it’s  population killed,  survivors sent out as refugees? Because it is clear that instead of El-Rufai stopping the carnage, it seems to be rising the more since he has gone to give them money. It is only the Fulani that will gain, of course! That is the meaning. It cannot be that Nasir el-Rufai is unaware that section Chapter VII, Article 51 of the Human Right Charter of the United Nations  and Section 33(2) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria has affirmed self-defence as a Human Right.
I see this as a threat to scarce Southern Kaduna from standing up to the his Fulani  killer brothers.
 
Based on this, I call Governor Nasir el-Rufai to first arrest me.
Because I am calling on Southern Kaduna, once more to use every available legitimate means to defend their lives, property and communities. History will not forgive our generation if we succumb to threats and blackmail and fail to defend ourselves and get wiped out. As the Senator of the beleaguered  area, I cannot support that we become sitting ducks each time they come killing. Again, if El-Rufai will not defend us, let us defend ourselves.


Selective punishment 
On the 15th of August 2016, Dr. Haruna Usman, Chairman, Kaduna State Chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association said, as revealed in several news publication the next day, that the mindless killings and destruction of Ninte village, near Godogodo in Jema’a LGA was carried out by his members in what he said was reprisal against the murder of a Fulani ardo in the village.
Again, on the 7th of November 2016, Abdullahi Hassan Mohammed (Wanban Jema’a) of Jema’a Foundation; Ahmad M. Yandeh, of Mobgal Fulbe Development Association and Abdullhamid Musa, Zonal Chairman of Miyetti Allah Zone III addressed a press conference in Kaduna and again, said that it was Fulani that have been carrying out the bloodshed and arson in Southern Kaduna. They said they were defending themselves. The killings of infants;  pregnant women; the burning to ashes children and women and  very aged people; the burning down of entire villages; the burning of churches; the stealing of livestock, looting and burning of food and crops on farmlands; the further occupation of the villages, all as “ self defence.”The Fulani chieftains are walking free and the killings are ongoing.
But, when the 85 year old  traditional ruler of  in Misisi village, in Kaninkon Chiefdom, in Jema’a LGA,  John Zogo was killed  by Fulani armed men with six others during a phony meeting with soldiers, instead of a Fulani ardo to be held to account for the killings, it was the district head of late baba Zogo, the District  Head of Goska,  Mr Moses Barde that was arrested and detained illegally for weeks by the police in Kaduna.
Mr Moses Barde is just one of several other  southern Kaduna men held on trump up charges after their communities have been ravaged, while the armed Fulani armed men continue to freely prowled over our communities. This scale of injustice is rear anywhere in the world.
Conclusion:
I call on all Southern Kaduna natives, all Hausa and Fulani of our area  who are genuinely interested in peace to forget about political, tribal and religious leanings and come together in prayers and for genuine dialogue amongst ourselves as the last option left for peace and security in Southern Kaduna.
I want to add that my colleague and I in the National Assembly will continue to do our best to secure Federal assistance to add to what we are doing at home against this evil.
However, as it has become manifest through the utterances, actions and inactions of Governor Nasir el-Rufai,  Southern Kaduna must prepare to defend itself using every possible means of defence that is lawful against killer Fulani who are now on the loose more than ever, even as we search for solutions to this heinous crime against our land.
Thank you, gentlemen.
 
Sign: Senator Danjuma Tella Laah,
(PDP, Kaduna South Senatorial District)
Wednesday, August 7th 2016.