24 killed, several houses burned in renewed hostilities in southern Kaduna
Two soldiers among casualties, angry youths block highway, kill 1
Swallow your pride, accept you’ve failed – CAN says El-Rufai
At least 24 people, including two soldiers attached to Operation Safe Haven, were killed, and dozens of houses were burnt down in Agban and Maraban Kagoro, Kaura Local Government Area in Kaduna State.
Daily Trust reports that the attack sparked a riot on Monday morning by angry youths who set up roadblocks and attacked travellers.
A traveler, identified as Dan Asabe from Mariri town of Lere LGA, was killed in the Maraban Kagoro riot while traveling to Kafanchan in Jema’a LGA.
The development has raised tensions in the southern Kaduna axis of the state, which for decades has been plagued by ethno-religious crises that have claimed thousands of lives.
The Kaduna State government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the neighboring LGAs of Kaura and Jema’a to prevent a further breakdown in public order.
Our correspondent has gathered that armed men, suspected of being shepherds, invaded Agban and Maraban Kagoro on Sunday evening to avenge the murder of a shepherd and 30 cows as well as the burning of four motorcycles on Thursday.
Residents said assailants stormed communities and fired sporadically, killing at least 24 people, including two Operation Safe Haven staff, who responded to a distress call on the community of Agban .
Christopher Dereck, a resident of Agban told our reporter that his community was attacked around 9.15pm on Sunday.
He said he counted 15 bodies from the attack but could not say how many were killed at Maraban Kagoro.
Luka Abah, who lost his wife, father and two children, said seven people were killed in Maraban Kagoro and another in a nearby community called Hayi.
Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) President Jonathan Asake did not respond to calls to respond.
Kaduna State Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Haruna Usman Tugga, has condemned the killings, which he said came hours after a peace meeting with the various ethnic groups and young people from the region.
Tugga said the fact that some people were launching attacks and killing innocent lives after a peace meeting showed there were crisis dealers in the area.
Kaduna State Police Command had yet to comment on the killings at the time of this report.
Sector 7 commander of Operation Safe Haven, responsible for southern Kaduna, Colonel Timothy Opurum said he was unable to say whether any of his men had been killed in the attack.
However, our correspondent has learned from military sources attached to Operation Safe Haven headquarters in Plateau State that soldiers who responded to a distress call were ambushed and shot dead.
El-Rufai imposes curfew in Kaura, Jema’a
The Kaduna State Government yesterday imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaura and Jema’a LGAs.
He stressed the need for security agencies to stabilize the situation, save lives and property and restore law and order.
In a statement by the State Commissioner for Homeland Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the government called on residents of Jema’a and Kaura local government areas to cooperate with security agencies “In the task urgent need to restore peace and uphold law and order.”
According to the statement, “the government condemns the violence and all acts of lawlessness that have occurred in the region, adding that further updates will be issued as necessary.”
Defend yourself, CAN tells Kaduna residents
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged the people of Kaduna State to protect their lives and communities from wanton killings, kidnappings and terrorist activities, saying Governor Nasir El-Rufai has not failed to end the threat.
The Chairman of CAN Kaduna State Chapter, Reverend John Joseph Hayab, in a statement on Monday said that the continued killings, kidnappings and banditry in the state without any substantial action by the government and of the security forces was disturbing.
He called on El-Rufai and his team to focus on fighting banditry and kidnappings and saving the state so that he will be remembered for good after leaving office.
He said, “How long will this evil continue and when will our leaders act conscientiously? The citizens of Kaduna State are fed up with the government’s rhetorical responses without concrete measures taken to protect lives and property.
“As a result, we want to hear and see the killers and kidnappers arrested because the usual media condemnation of the government whenever there is havoc is not enough.
“In the meantime, we call on citizens to also wake up and do what is necessary, protecting their lives and their communities. When a government doesn’t protect you, you have to find a way to defend yourself.
“For the record, Kaduna State has lost several lives over the past four years with the leadership barely showing any empathy or concern for the victims as the government’s response is usually in the media. . Unfortunately, the dead cannot read or listen to the news.
“So what is the use of media condemnation? CAN therefore calls on the Kaduna State Government to swallow its pride and accept that it has failed the people, genuinely seeking help to immediately stop the wanton killings, kidnappings and terrorist activities that are taking place. take place in the state.
“Governor El-Rufai and his team should focus on the fight to save the state so that he will be remembered for good when he leaves office.”