Church says ‘808 killed in southern Kaduna’

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

The Catholic Archdiocese of Kafanchan says the unrest in southern Kaduna State has claimed 808 lives.

Fifty three villages have so far been attacked and 57 people injured, the church said.

Governor Nasir El Rufai said the attackers are foreign Fulani herdsmen, who were avenging past attacks on them and their livestock.

But the state and federal governments have been accused of not doing enough to end the bloodshed.

The latest killing last week took place despite a curfew on three local governments affected by the crisis.

At a press conference Thursday, the vicar general of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kafanchan, Ibrahim Yakubu, said the government had failed to protect locals.

He addressed journalists alongside four other clerics.

Mr. Yakubu said four local government areas have been attacked, with 808 people killed and 1,422 houses, 16 Churches, 19 shops, and one primary school destroyed.

PREMIUM TIMES could not independently verify those figures.

“Unfortunately, our government both at the Centre and State levels have failed woefully,” he said. “If anything, government has shown outright partisanship in favour of the herdsmen to the disappointment of the majority Southern Kaduna indigenes and Christians.”

The religious leaders called for immediate end to attacks in the area, and demanded compensation to all families that lost loved ones or properties.

They also called for the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry be put in place to investigate the causes of the crisis.

“We call on Southern Kaduna indigenes to remain steadfast in prayer, united, strong and never to cave in to the antics of our adversaries. Tribe and denominational differences shouldn’t put a chasm between us,” the statement said.


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  • chukwuemeka chimereze

    I see it clearly, favouring one Islamic terrorists against innocent citizens. El Rufai was swift in dealing with shitte Muslims cause if their growing nos but not with tyrants and evil Fulani herdsmen. I swear to cut off the head of any Fulani man or woman around my neighborhood to stop their advance in my community early enough.

    • Gabriel Great

      Christians find it easy to quote the the scripture thou shall not kill but I have searched the entire Bible and I have not seen where it is written that “allow yourself to be killed” Christians should sit up and defend themselves; you either start attacking and killing them or you continue to die until Christianity is eradicated

      • princegab

        The cool truth, thanks

        • Gary

          But as soon as the Christians resort to self-defence as they did in Zagon-Kataf decades ago, the full might of the Army will be deployed to kill the victims and not the Fulani invaders. Just like Buratai used the excuse of a procession that blocked his motorcade to wipe out the Shiites in Zaria.

          It is time for the Nigerian Church and people to issue an urgent to the United Nations to alert the world about the campaign of genocide against the Christians of southern Kaduna. The Fulanis in charge of the state and in Abuja have no interest in saving “infidels” whose lands their kinsmen covet.

          • The Optimist

            Real covetousness! Had it been the other way round, Fulanis being killed by villagers, the Fulani federal and state governments would have levelled those villages into extinction. But their day is coming.

          • HAMZA

            Southern Kaduna is where you have majority serving and retired men of the force. I just cannot believe that the some untrained Fulani herdsmen rogues could simply be having an upper hand over them in terms of the happening banditry and crime. If at all, the previous governments (of Makarfi, Namadi, Yakowa and Yero) who very much enjoyed the political support of the people of Kaduna South would have done everything possible (long time before the present administration) to contain the alleged carnage by the Fulanis. Again, recent arrest of native armed bandits and of local arms fabricators of AK47 (only yesterday) from the area is enough confirmation that not only are the Fulani killing the natives but that the natives too are killing the Fulanis (and of course, including the Hausas in the area). OR is it the natives fabricators of the AK47 that are the suppliers of the Fulani criminals??? Whatever the case, it is the responsibility of the present administration in the state to bring all criminals to justice or justice to the doors of all criminals and bandits, irrespective of their religion, tribe or locality!

          • HAMZA

            You are ignorant and trying to comment on things that you have no knowledge of. For the avoidance of doubt, the Zango-Kataf madness was started by the Southern Kaduna minority Christians. A committee of enquiry that was set up even found their leaders complicit BUT the regime of the evil genius at the time, pardoned the culprits so that peace would ensure – and that singular act of magnanimity led to further escalation of the crisis we are still witnessing in the area……and the UN knows even more this!!!

    • HAMZA

      Southern Kaduna is where you have majority serving and retired men of the force. I just cannot believe that the some untrained Fulani herdsmen rogues could simply be having an upper hand over them in terms of the happening banditry and crime. If at all, the previous governments (of Makarfi, Namadi, Yakowa and Yero) who very much enjoyed the political support of the people of Kaduna South would have done everything possible (long time before the present administration) to contain the alleged carnage by the Fulanis. Again, recent arrest of native armed bandits and of local arms fabricators of AK47 (only yesterday) from the area is enough confirmation that not only are the Fulani killing the natives but that the natives too are killing the Fulanis (and of course, including the Hausas in the area). OR is it the natives fabricators of the AK47 that are the suppliers of the Fulani criminals??? Whatever the case, it is the responsibility of the present administration in the state to bring all criminals to justice or justice to the doors of all criminals and bandits, irrespective of their religion, tribe or locality!!!

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    Where is Buhari here? Oh if two were killed in Germany Buhari will be one of the first to send condolence messages. He was quiet when Agatu was being wiped out by his Fulani herdsmen. Now is Southern Kaduna. Same Buhari will descend heavily on ipob members protesting peacefully killing many of them. Same Buhari will bring all resources to deal with Nnamdi Kanu. Nigerians let’s get rid of Buhari in 2019. He isn’t our president. He is the president of Islamic Hausa Fulani

    • Ajitun

      If we say Nigerians shul vote base on religion, how many are d Christians in Nigeria? Always think with ur brain pls not ur Anus. alas!

      • eshe_70@yahoo.com

        There are more Christians in Nigeria than Muslims. Don’t be deceived by your fraudulent census

  • Arabakpura

    El Rufai: this is seriously diminishing you that you may be shorter than 2feet if you are not careful by the time it’s all over!

  • Excisionist

    El-Rufai is himself a Fulani terrorist in governor’s clothing – like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.. Like his pedophile “prophet” he is BLOOD THIRSTY. This means that when he is thirsty, he wants to drink BLOOD, not water like normal human beings.

    The people of the Middle Belt should form alliance with SW, SS and SE geopolitical zones. With guidance from the pragmatic governor of Ekiti (I love Ekiti people) appropriate policies should be developed to deal with Fulani Islamic terrorists all over. Small communities cannot handle them alone. Don’t forget that the minister of interior – Jihadist Danbazau controls the police and other security agencies.

    Shame on you “governor”. Governor my foot. Jihadist

  • Rommel

    Nigerians are very good at quoting fantastic figures hoping it will help win sympathy,this is why nobody in the civilized world takes us serious,losing 808 lives is no joke

    • igboham

      will you feel better if it is 100 or less. What figure do you prefer?

      • AryLoyds

        Ignore that Monkey !

  • The Optimist

    Since El Rufai knows the murderers, he should be made to produce them for prosecution. He cannot be explicated.

  • HAMZA

    ….Southern Kaduna is where you have majority serving and retired men of the force. I just cannot believe that the some untrained Fulani herdsmen rogues could simply be having an upper hand over them in terms of the happening banditry and crime. If at all, the previous governments (of Makarfi, Namadi, Yakowa and Yero) who very much enjoyed the political support of the people of Kaduna South would have done everything possible (long time before the present administration) to contain the alleged carnage by the Fulanis. Again, recent arrest of native armed bandits and of local arms fabricators of AK47 (only yesterday) from the area is enough confirmation that not only are the Fulani killing the natives but that the natives too are killing the Fulanis (and of course, including the Hausas in the area). OR is it the natives fabricators of the AK47 that are the suppliers of the Fulani criminals??? Whatever the case, it is the responsibility of the present administration in the state to bring all criminals to justice or justice to the doors of all criminals and bandits, irrespective of their religion, tribe or locality!!!

  • International games

    DID MOSES ONLY PRAY? THESE PREACHERS ARE ACTUALLY AGENTS OF THE KILLERS. WHY ELSE WOULD THEY SAY THE PEOPLE SHOULD DO NOTHING BUT PRAY?

  • marcos avelino

    Hypocrite christians read what yr bible say how to destroy others —When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations . . . then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. — Deuteronomy 7:1-2
    OR

    When the Lord your God delivers it into your hand, put to the sword all the men in it. As for the women, the children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take these as plunder for yourselves. . . . This is how you are to treat all the cities that are at a distance from you and do not belong to the nations nearby.

    Deuteronomy 7:1-6

    Useless fake religion of money and satan

    • Warric Iwene

      Nna, what’s your point? Quoting from Old Testament? Christians are not scriptural robots like some uneducated and misguided Muslims that execute Bible or Qu’ran verses like a computer programme.

      • okenwa

        I support that guy you just reply. Christians should keep bible or whatever Jesus teaches aside and rise up to defend themselves and if God sees it as sin, he will equally forgive when they ask for forgiveness. I am disappointed on the type of christian leaders in nigeria.

        • Warric Iwene

          Its quite a tempting solution because those killings are very annoying. If Christians keep Jesus and the Bile aside, then we are no longer Christians but barbarians like them. You don’t quench fire with fire. The government is supporting them and will see a reason to wipe out all the Christians. I think the solution is putting pressure on the government to capitulate, brand Buhari and El Rufai government as a terrorist.

          • okenwa

            Brother/sister the pain is too much. God is all forgiving and christians should defend themselves from these terrorist and if wrath of God came upon them for defending themselves, then they will ask God for forgiveness. It is he that is alive that praises God, a dead one dont. All most all african countries has muslim, from east to west and north and south but the type of killings in nigeria is unpresidented.

          • Warric Iwene

            If we follow your argument and keep God aside, we start fighting them. The military is on their side. The Government is on their side. Christians loose in the end and are branded the trouble makers. All the males and pregnant women will be killed, the rest of the women raped to produce a new generation (ethnic cleansing). This government must be made to look as terrorists that they are in the eyes of the international community. Create a lot of social media noise about it so that international pressure comes to bear. You,re dealing with irrational people here and they will not waste time to skewer you into suya with their knives. My option is that people run and protect themselves in self defence reasonably, avoid any clash with them, and continue crying out as the Catholic Bishop is doing. Buhari and El Rufai will go someday and the chickens will come to roost. Right now Christians are at a huge disadvantage.

      • AryLoyds

        The ”Qoran” is a bomb making manual , muslims use it when ever it suits them , when they come to Europe they are refugees, they behave like saints , after a year they start using the said manual to commit terror on their hosts , thank God for Trump 🙂

        • Warric Iwene

          in my opinion, I don’t think Qumran is the problem; its the people that read it upside down, taking the belligerent parts and downplaying the areas that preach peace. The only good Muslim is a nominal, non-practicing Muslim.

  • igboham

    It is very very hard for me as a Biafran to empathize with the southern Kaduna victims of the Hausa/Fulani.
    My difficulty arises from the fact that our Northern Christians were in the vanguard of the genocide against my people of Biafra – the Majority of the Nigerian soldiers particularly the officer corp were from the Christian North including Gowon. They never regarded us as human beings in the evil and the wickedness they displayed in the war. I was there. Unfortunately they succeeded in defeating the only people who would have been able to help them today. All the same, hope is not lost because there is always our God that will rescue his/her children. I pray for that and also hope that these same vandals do not desend on the Yoruba when they are done with my people.

  • Ajayi balogun

    Nigeria federation is fake creation…..western world!

  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    Yorubats have been the torn in the heart of Nigerian nation from ages, if not the treachery and betrayal of the Judas Iscariot race, by now, the full implementations of the 2014 national conference report would have solved this madness going on in southern kaduna. May God bless his servant Jonathan for charting the good way forward for Nigerian nation. May God request from the promoters of this evil change, all the blood and lives of all those murdered by the Fulani Boko Haram herdsmen conspiracy.

  • Major Gideon Okar

    WHY WE STRUCK

    How many more lives have been lost to the Hausa-Fulani butchery since our execution in 1990? Obviously they run into their tens of thousands. We knew this would happen and that was what we wanted to prevent. Because of the possibility of failure we wanted to leave the message which some termed unacceptable and others, premature.

    Nigerians can be forgiven for failure to understand the necessity of excising those states in 1990. But now, how many millions of lives, how much destruction of property, infrastructure and places of worship will it take to convince skeptics that excision is the only way to stop it.

    We, that laid down our lives to save you:
    Major Gideon Orkar, Captain Empere, Captain Dakolo, Capt Nonju, Lt. Akogun, Lt. CN Odey, Lt. Cyril Ozualor, Lt. NEO Deji, 2/Lt AB Umukoro, 2/Lt EJ Ejesuku, SSgt Julius Itua, Sgt Martins Ademokhai, Sgt. Pius Ilegar and over a hundred others.

  • paul irumundomon

    They are busy recording wike and releasing audio, why their brothers and sisters are killing Christians and burning churches. They are best at killing, their religion preach that, the bias president is careless, all they want now, is to plant all these fulanis from mali in every state, and the mumu senators from the south, are all foolishly going to accept it, once buhari pay them off.