JUST IN: DSS Decry The Killing Of Fulani Herdsmen

By Ikenga Chronicles February 2, 2017

A high placed official in the Department of State Services(DSS) has on Wednesday night raised alarm over the spate of reprisal killings
among communities in Southern Kaduna.

Recall that a total of 808 people were killed in 53 villages across the four crises-ridden Local Governments Areas in the state. According to reports, farm produce estimated at N5.5 billion were also destroyed, while 1,422 houses and 16 churches were burnt during the attacks.

Speaking further the DSS source said that the reprisal attack is thwarting security agencies’ efforts towards peaceful resolutions of the crisis in the area.

He said between January 21 and 22, two Fulani herders’ settlements in Sanga and Kaura local governments of the state were attacked,leading to the death of two Fulani herdsmen, and many others injured.

The intelligence chief said, “On 21 January, 2017, about 10:30pm at a Fulani settlement close to LEA Primary School, in Zankan village of Kaura Local Government Area, a gang of armed bandits, suspected to be natives of the area, stormed the settlement in an unmarked vehicle and opened fire on the herdsmen, resulting in the death of Yunusa Musa, while four others sustained gunshot injuries.”

He said about 24 hours later, another incident occurred at Kaura village, in Fadan Ninzo district in Sanga local government, where “a gang of armed hoodlums suspected to be natives of the area, attacked and shot one Abdullahi Yakubu, a Fulani herdsman, who died instantly.”

He said the gunmen also inflicted gunshot wounds on the relative of the deceased, when he attempted to escape the attack.

“These renewed killings are really thwarting whatever peace achieved in the area. The whole thing will look like a vicious cycle. It is very unfortunate,” the security chief said.

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