Last month’s sectarian crises in Zango Kataf and Kauru local government areas of Kaduna state claimed 99 Fulani lives, while 122 others are still missing, the Fulani leaders have said.
The crises that engulfed Atyap Chiefdom in Zango Kataf LGA and Tsam Chiefdom in Kauru LGA between June 11 and 13, over the corpse of a man that was found on his farm on a land in dispute, equally claimed the lives of 448 cows, while 2,923 cattle are missing.
Addressing the media on Friday in Kaduna, the secretary-general, Kaduna state Molga Fulde Development Association (MOFDA), Barrister Nuhu Ibrahim, said “3,099 Fulani have so far been displaced due to the crises.”
He called on the state government to provide relief materials for them ahead of rebuilding their houses and resettling them back to their communities.
Ibrahim, who read from a text he jointly signed with the chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Kaduna state, Alhaji HarunaTugga; chairman, Kaduna state GAFDAN, Ardo Idris Gundaru; chairman, Kaduna state BAFYAN, Abbas J. Julde, and the coordinator, FUDECO Kaduna state chapter, Barr. Abubakar Ibrahim Naseh, said all they wanted “is thorough investigation to find and punish the perpetrators.”
“After several search and rescue efforts, the total number of Fulani pastoralists now confirmed killed during the attacks is 99, while there are still 122 missing persons. It is on a sad note that we are gradually concluding that these 122 persons have also been killed and their bodies dismembered to hide the grievous crime.
“Regarding livestock, 19 of the cows declared missing have been confirmed killed bringing the total number of cows killed in the attacks to 448. The total number of cows still missing is 2,923, excluding sheep, goats and poultry.
“We urge government and security agencies to disregard any blackmail by SOKAPU and its collaborators by intensifying efforts at restoration of peace and stability in the affected areas. We continue to demand for investigation, arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the violence. Many of the survivors know the killers of their kit and kin very well. Some of the traditional and community leaders that aided the violence are known to the victims.
“We appeal to individuals and organisations in Kaduna state to come to the aid of the victims. We call on all peace-loving communities in the Southern Senatorial Zone to foster stronger collaboration to defeat the agents of destabilisation and ethnic chauvinist.”