By | Charles Nwoke
September 15, 2020
Post created on September 12, published as part of our weekly roundup of Nigeria news
Image of students in Kaduna, Nigeria, CC BY SA 4.0 International. Created by Benjamin Egbodo. Many youth in Kaduna state fall prey to unsuspected violence.
No later than 24 hours after Southern Kaduna Peace Summit was rounded up in Kafanchan, unknown gunmen had attacked a community in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the state, killing two persons and burning several houses.
The Peace Summit, was organised by the National Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), in collaboration with other inter-faith groups and Friends of Southern Kaduna. It had, at the end of its 3-day meeting in Kafanchan on Thursday, called for the immediate ceasation of killings, attacks, kidnappings and rustling in the region.
Yet, about 18 hours after the summit, Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), in a statement confirmed that a large number of gunmen invaded Manyi-Mashin village in the early hours of Friday, killing two people and carting away valuables.
The SOKAPU statement signed by its National Public Relations Officer, Mr. Luka Binniyat, said that, the two people were burned to ashes in their homes, pointing out that the month of September has been bloody in the area.
“Early this morning, (September 11, 2020) Manyi-Mashin village, in Zamandabo Ward, in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) in Southern Kaduna, was invaded by hordes of armed men who burnt down almost all the houses in the village, looting and carting away valuables. Two persons were burnt in their homes beyond recognition: They are Cecilia Ishaya, 62, a widow and mother of 6 children and Iliya Sunday, 56, who left behind 8 children. Though men of Operation Safe Heaven promptly responded, the militia fled before their arrival,” stated SOKAPU.
“This was after militia on the September 8, 2020 laid in ambush for three Atyap youths from Atakmawei in same Zamandabo Ward in Atyap Chiefdom, as they went to clear weed in their Sugar cane farm about a kilometer from their village”
“Suddenly, armed herdsmen came from hiding and struck. They descended on them with daggers and machetes.
Anthony Magaji, 25, a final year HND student of Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, was hacked down. They axed his neck and head with macabre wounds and killed him instantly.
Isaac Thomas, 24, also an OND student of the same school, managed to escape with life-threatening injuries, and is now under intensive care in a hospital, while the third escaped with less injury.
“SOKAPU wishes to once again request the Federal Government, through Operation Safe Heaven, under the Command of Major General Chukwu Emeka Okonkwo, to expatiate action and expel and bring to book all the militia that are currently occupying 101 Southern Kaduna Communities in four of our LGAs. We have furnished the world with the details and we are happy to note, that eight of the displaced communities in Zangan District in Kaura LGA are now returning home as a result of more presence of men of OPSH.”
“We are appealing to our youths to shun all forms of provocation and conduct themselves in manners that will not make them fall short of the law, not compromising their rights for self-preservation under the law.
“Meanwhile, we have received complaints of farmers in Gora axis of Atyap Chiefdom, who say that herdsmen occasional sneak into their farms destroy large swath of growing food crops, thus leaving them with a bleak prospect of hunger in the near future.
All these gory developments are taking place after a much publicized peace deal was reached between natives of Atyap Chiefdom on one side and their longtime settled Hausa and Fulani representatives on August 23, 2020, in Unguwan Wakili, close to Zangon Kataf town.
“Similarly, on the 8th of September, 2020, an attack was launched again by militias at Kitsarapang Village in Kizachi Chiwo of Kizachi community, Tsam Chiefdom in Kauru LGA in the Southern part of Kaduna state, Nigeria.
The attack claimed the life of Emmanuel David Yohanna, 13 leaving two persons grievously with gunshots. They are: Sunday Zango Stephen, 48 and Zakka John, 23.The two victims are now receiving treatment at a Hospital in Jos.
“Meanwhile, three decomposing corpses were found on Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday, 6th September, 2020. They were among four persons that were abducted during a brazen operation last week at Maraban Rido, a suburb of Kaduna under Chikun LGA all in Southern Kaduna. They were killed after ransom was paid for their release. Among them is Pius, Gargai, 20, and married with a child. He was a nephew of the 1st Vice President of SOKAPU, Mr. Dio Maisamari. The young man was buried last Wednesday in his native home Kufana, Kajuru LGA. The names of the other victims are yet to reach us.
“This brings to eight, the number of our members grisly killed by militia within five days in Southern Kaduna in an ongoing genocide against the natives of Southern Kaduna”.
As at the time this report was file, the Spokesman of Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Muhammad Jalige, was not available to comment.