Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Southern Kaduna killings: Miyetti Allah blames Kataf youths on fresh crisis

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, has blamed Zango Kataf youths on the fresh violence in Southern Kaduna.

The spokesman of MACBAN , Ibrahim Bayero Zango, alleged that Zango Kataf youths waylaid some Fulani herdsmen on intentional routes, hence the renewed crisis in the area.

Lamenting the renewed killings in Southern Kaduna, the MACBAN spokesman in a statement condemned what he called the “bloodthirsty, viciousness” and inhuman killings and destruction of property of innocent nomads that took place in some parts of Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, particularly in some villages of Atyap Chiefdom, urging Governor Nasir El-Rufai to ensure he identified and dealt with those behind the violence.

“The question that requires to be answered is the relationship between the farmland in dispute and the crisis, which caused the killings of innocent Fulani nomads in the areas mentioned above by the Kataf youth in which two innocent Fulani nomads were killed at Ungwan Gaiya near the palace of the Chief of Kataf in the house of Alhaji Ja’e, who has been leaving in the area for almost a century.

“The two men that were killed are Abdullahi Ja’e and Pate Ja’e who were in their early thirties. Another two young men with an elderly woman were killed at Ungwan Juju.

“Four others were killed at Gora Sagwaza and one person was killed at Matai.

“We also condemned the barbaric acts of the Kataf youths, who waylaid and killed some Fulani nomads, who were passing by through the International Cattle Routes, which cross the areas on their way to Bauchi State.

“Their cattle and other belongings were destroyed or stolen by the blood-thirsty Kataf youths. The number of those that were killed and the sheep are yet to be confirmed.”

Recall that the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, had raised an alarm that its area was under a siege by Fulani armed men.

It also alleged genocidal campaign by Fulani militia, saying their victims were mostly kids, women and the aged.”

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