Killings, Community leaders missing, as Fulani, Atyap clash in S/Kaduna

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By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

There are cases of reported Killings and missing of people especially community leaders following the clashed between Fulani and Atyap indigenes in Aryap Chiefdom in Southern part of Kaduna state.
The Atyap community recently issued a press release of alleged missing of three of their leaders including secretary to the district heads after a meeting between herders and farmers over damaging of farm crops by cattle.
Also in a press conference concerned on Thursday in kaduna by Fulani group under Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the group decried alleged missing and killing of their leaders Wakilin Fulani of Atyap (kataf) Chiefdom by Atyap people.

The fulani group led by State Chairman Alh. Haruna Usman Tugga lamented alleged renewed wanton Killings of innocent Fulani people in Zango kataf local government and destruction of their properties, demanding for justice and compensation.

“It is on a very sad note that our association addresses you today. This is in relation
to the renewed wanton killings of innocent Fulani people in Zangon Kataf LGA and
destruction of their properties.

“In the past few days, there have been series of
deliberately targeted killings by the Atyap communities on Fulani people including
two Ardos namely: Ardo Pate Kurmi (Wakilin Fulani in the Atyap Chiefdom) and
Ardo Muhammadu Anchau who were brutally killed in cold blood after embarking
on a peace mission to Gora District of the Atyap Chiefdom”, they said.

According to the MACBAN, the killing of their leaders was allegedly master mind by through connivance and tacit support of Security operatives.

“Their killing was orchestrated
in a systematic way with active connivance or tacit support of the Officer In charge (0/c) of Operation Safe Haven stationed at Gora Gan village,
Gora District.

“This is because the attack that culminated into the brutal killing of the two Ardos and one other person started right at the camp of the Operation
Sate Haven at Gora Gan when some Atyap women erupted into protest, attacking the Ardos and other three Fulani people that were with them.

“Notwithstanding
the violent protests, the officers of the Operation Safe Haven asked the Ardos to
be driven by the Secretary to the District Head of Gora District (one Ayuba
Bungwon) without any security cover.
“Unfortunately, they were intercepted on the road along Sagwaza and the two Ardos and one other person by name
Muhammed Yakubu got brutally killed.
“As the Almighty would have it, two young persons were able to overrun the attackers and narrowly escaped”, Fulani group stated..

Accordingt to them, there were several other attacks on Fulani people and their livestock in Zango Kataf LGAs and surrounding Local Governments.
In Kagarko grazing reserve in kagarko local government area of kaduna state, MACBAN stated that “It is imperative to also inform you; gentlemen of the press about the antics and
deliberate destruction of Fulani settlements in the Kagarko grazing reserve by one Vice Admiral Iko lbrahim (r.t.d) who is a former Chief of Naval Staff who have been going about intimidating, harassing and torturing of Fulani community
members of the grazing reserve on the pretext that he is the owner of over 30, 000 hectares in the grazing reserve.

“The said Vice Admiral lko lbrahim have been conniving with the military personnel manning the road block at kagarko town usually enter the grazing reserve n their hilux vehicle in a commando style subjecting the residents of the grazing reserve to series.

“The association notes that unless drastic measures are taken by the relevant serious security to bring about peace in the grazing reserve and the entire Kagarko because of the burning of their hamlets and other valuables.

They therefore prayed that Perpetrators of violence against our peopie should be identified, arrested and prosecuted according to the laws of the land, while calling on their members to be calm and law abiding and not to take laws into their hands and to allow constituted authorities to enforce peace and
order.
They also called on the leadership of Atyap Chiefdom in particular and the Southern
Kaduna in general to caution their subjects from attacking, killing and maiming our members and destroying their hard earned wealth.
“The Government should pay adequate compensation for the lives of our members who were killed during the attacks as well as for their wealth that
was heartlessly destroyed by the Atyap communities among others.
“We appeal to the Kaduna State Government to take necessary action by ensuring the arrest and prosecution of the said Vice Admiral lko lbrahim (r.t.d.) and his cohorts.

“We call on the Kaduna State Government to come to the aid ot the victims of the violence perpetrated by Vice Admiral Iko lbrahim and his agents which rendered them homeless and currently living in deplorable
conditions at the goodwill of neighbors and relations”, they stated.
The group gave details of the casualty figures recorded and their location as follows: Wakili Ardo Pate Kurmi 51 Years ( Wakilin Fulani in the Gora- Sagwaza 21/03/2021, Zangon Kataf LGA Atyap Chiefdom).

“Ardo Muhammed Anchau 55 Years, Mabuhu Zon-Zon 02/03/2021, Muhammad Yakubu 41 Years Zangon Kataf LGA, Mustapha Bako 12 Years
Gora-Sagwaza17/03/2021, Zangon Kataf LGA, Yusuf Hamidu 14 Years, Yakubu Aruwa 25 Years Kizachi Village
11/03/2021, Kauru LGA,
Ibrahim Yuguda 30 Years respectively. End

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