Seven Fulani Communities from Giwa and Igabi local government areas of Kaduna state have petitioned the Federal and Kaduna state governments over alleged incessant killings of their kinsmen and confiscation of their cattle by the vigilante and soldiers .
Counsel to the Fulani communities of Kidandan, Yadi, Sabon Layi, Sabon Sara, Banaga, Kufan Kari and Karshi villages in Igabi local government, Mr Yemi Adekunle told newsmen yesterday in Zaria, Kaduna state that the petition was necessary considering the lukewarm attitude of government on the matter.
Reading the petition, Adekunle said, “the Fulani have made several complaints to the state government, including security agencies through Miyetti Allah, yet no response. The Fulani communities have suffered serious psychological trauma following incessant killings and confiscation of over 2,000 cattle, as well as destruction of buildings around the seven communities”.
Adekunle said “the petition sought for both federal and state governments to recover all cattle allegedly taken away by military, stopping further arrest, injuries, detention and killing of Fulani. Other demands of the Fulani communities include, compulsory payment of compensation for the lives and property lost during the attack on the communities and setting up a committee to investigate the attacks.
“On this context, it is the duty of government to stop vigilante from armed conflicts with Fulani and also unite and prevent the nomads against retaliation,” the counsel said, adding that the crises has increased the level of insecurity in the area and displaced over 700 young children and widows.
“It is sad to see young children and women sleeping on the ground of people’s farmlands, no shelter, no food, no good sanitation. This time around, we have sent our petition to the state and federal government on the matter and we are still expecting their response, which will determine the next legal step,” he said.
The barrister urged state and federal government as well as international organizations, non governmental organizations to come to the aid of the displaced persons.
It would be recalled that, in November 2018, there was media report on the alleged attack on some Fulani communities in Giwa and Igabi local government area by vigilante groups and soldiers, the matter was however denied by the military authority.