Despite a 24-hour curfew imposed by the Kaduna State government, gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, continued to massacre people in Southern Kaduna. At least 10 persons, including a pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Shamah Kuyet Ishaya, were killed by the gunmen during an attack on Zipkak community in Jama’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Saturday.
This comes few days after 21 people were killed by bandits at Kukum Daji Village in neighbouring Kaura Local Government Area of the state.
The latest killings were reportedly carried out around 7am when some suspected Fulani militiamen attacked three communities in Jema’a and Kaura local government areas of Kaduna State.
Eleven people were said to have sustained varying degrees of injuries during the attack. Several houses were reportedly razed during the attacks.
Spokesperson for SOKAPU, Luka Binniyat, said about 50 gunmen invaded Zikpak and started shooting repeatedly. After attacking Zikpak, the gunmen reportedly headed for Ungwan Masara and Maraban Kagoro, where they also carried out further attacks.
According to him, the gunmen were communicating with one another in Fulani language.
“They attacked Zipkak again by 7am (Saturday). They killed the wife of the Agwam Musa Didam of Fanstwam Chiefdom and burnt his house. The dead toll yesterday (Friday) was nine.
“A 24-hour curfew was imposed by (Governor Nasir) el-Rufai yesterday (Friday) and this morning (Saturday), the militiamen returned by 7am during the curfew and the village is now under attack as we speak. Zipkak is on the outskirts of Kafanchan and is the headquarters of the Fanstwam people.”
A resident said this, “There was a rumour three days ago that the community would be attacked. The villagers immediately called an emergency sitting. It was while the community meeting was ongoing that the attacked occurred. People were running in different directions, confused and wailing.
“So far, we have recovered 10 bodies. The associate pastor that was shot dead just concluded his marriage rites last week Saturday and the wedding scheduled for December 19. Amongst the number of dead is also a very aged woman who was shot on the head.”
Meanwhile, Shehu Sani, former senator representing Kaduna central, has described the killings in southern Kaduna are acts of terrorism.
In a statement on Saturday, Shehu Sani said the killings are acts of terrorism and should be treated as such.
He said, “The continuous violence and bloodshed in southern Kaduna stands is unconscionable and stands unreservedly condemned.
“The blood of the innocent is being spilt in the most unimaginably cruel and unspeakably evil manner and with impunity. In southern Kaduna, the north has lost its conscience and the nation has lost its will and spirit. Terrorists have turned southern Kaduna to a mortuary and a graveyard.
“The federal and state government must live up to their moral and constitutional duties and responsibilities by ending the slaughter and the carnage now.
“The killings in southern Kaduna is not a revenge, it’s terrorism and must be treated as such. Gunmen have become the government. Funerals services have become a daily routine. We are becoming a nation of endless mourning and ceaseless bereavement.
“Where women and children are killed and buried every day, the evil that will hunt and torment the nation has been planted. Nigerian political elites shed more tears when their friends dies and no tears when their poor people die.
“The Nigerian poor respectfully mourn the death of the rich or the powerful, the Nigerian rich or the powerful have no tears for the death of the poor.
“Where the people cannot be protected from systemic killings and are not allowed to defend themselves, the government carries the sum of the moral burden of guilt and complicity.
“The national flag is splashed with blood each time an innocent man or woman is killed.”
The presidency had on July 21, through Garba Shehu, a media aide to president Muhammadu Buhari, said that the recent killings in Kaduna are motivated by politics and revenge.