Reps orders committee to investigate as Southern Kaduna Protests In Abuja Over Kajuru Killings

Hundreds of Southern Kaduna indigenes has stormed Abuja the nation’s capital for the mass protest over the incessant and gruesome killings of their members in Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA) by persons suspected to be herdsmen.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday condemned the incessant attacks and killings by bandits in Kajuru area of Kaduna State and resolved to investigate the crisis.

This was sequel to a motion under ‘matters of urgent national importance’ moved by Rep. Yakubu Barde (Kaduna-PDP) at plenary.

Moving the motion, Barde stated that recently, the activities of bandits had taken a strange dimension, becoming a major concern to the various communities in Kajuru area.

He said between February and March, over hundreds of lives had been lost, with property worth millions of naira destroyed, families displaced and rendered homeless.

The legislator expressed worry that the attacks and killings had become daily activity.

Barde said that in spite of the outcry of the people, no significant effort had been made to bring the situation under control, adding that pockets of killings were still going on in the area.

“It will surprise you to know that up till this moment, no arrest of these killers has been made by the security agents.

“Rather, over 59 unarmed youths and opinion leaders of Adara extraction have been remanded in prison without due process of the law for over a month now,” Barde said.

Contributing to the motion, Rep. Nicholas Sarkin-Noma (Kaduna-PDP) said that the killings had resulted in impunity by the government and security agencies, saying that the government needs to be pro-active about it.

The lawmaker, therefore, appealed to the House to look into the issue as the Eighth National Assembly winds up.

The House, however, mandated security agencies to intensify efforts in stemming the tide of the attacks and killings and ensure that peace and normalcy return to the area.

Addressing journalists during the course of the protest yesterday in Abuja Rev Father Williams Kaura Abba Said the reasons for gathering here in Abuja the nation’s capital, is to bring to the attention of the fellow citizens and the international community over the horrendous attacks on many Adara communities living in Kajuru Local government Area of Kaduna State by the armed militia Herdsmen.

“The latest death toll of this mindless carnage has already surpassed the number of one hundred and thirty (130), with several communities reduced to rubbles, and setting the stage for a major humanitarian crisis that has so far displaced no fewer than ten thousand 10,000) persons now living in four Internal Displayed Persons (IDPs) camps. ” The present spate of killings started on Sunday February 10, 2019 when Herdsmen militias, without any form of provocation, attacked Ungwar Barde in Maro ward of Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

In that blistering attack, ten persons, including a pregnant woman, were killed. To our shock and consternation, not a single word over the killings was issued by the Kaduna State Goverment,” he said Rev William expressed shock that five days after the attack, exactly on February 15th 2019 Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, on National Television disclosed that security agencies had recovered bodies of sixth six (66) body of Fulani men killed by Adara natives. The Governor later increased it to one hundred and thirty (130).

According to him, the Governor allegations over the killings of Fulani is still yet to be proven, as neither shown the world the pictures of the recovered Fulani bodies nor commenced investigation to prove his allegations, adding that the Kaduna State Police Commissioner recently debunked the death toll as announced by the governor, insisting that investigation into Fulani is still at embryonic stage

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