Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Total of 40 people killed by Kaduna herdsmen


Reports were gathered on Monday how the death toll in the attack by suspected
Fulani herdsmen on the natives of Godogodo town, Jema’ah Local Government Area, Kaduna State, has hit 40.

The National President of Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union, Solomon Musa, said that so far, the people of the community had been able to identify not less than 40 corpses apart from the several other corpses burnt beyond recognition.


Punch gathered that the incident forced the interim Chairman of Jema’ah Local Government Council, Dr. Humble Katuka, to impose a 24-hour curfew on the LGA.

The Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Barnabas Bala, had described the attack as unjustifiable even as the Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union described it as barbaric.
Bala, who addressed journalists in the wake of the attack, however, appealed for calm.

“Godogodo town, once again, came under an unprovoked attack by Fulani herdsmen from Saturday, October 15, 2016 to Sunday, October 16. This is despite the frantic calls for help from the villagers on those constitutionally saddled with the task of safeguarding Nigerian citizens,” he said.

He said apart from the 40 corpses identified by the natives, virtually all houses in the town had been burnt.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Command, Aliyu Usman, however, said the death toll remained 20.

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