Many killed in fresh attacks on Kaduna communities

Herdsmen
Herdsmen used to illustrate the story.

At least 10 people were feared killed and even more sustained severe injuries in new attacks on two communities in Kaduna State, PREMIUM TIMES learnt Saturday.

Properties were also looted and houses razed during the predawn attacks which witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES occurred in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, about 125 kilometres west of Kaduna town, and bore the marks of killer herdsmen.

“The herdsmen entered the villages between Friday night and early Saturday morning and killed about 10 people,” a witness said, preferring not to be named.

The Kaduna State police commissioner, Agyole Abeh confirmed the attacks to PREMIUM TIMES Saturday evening but said only four were killed and five injured.

“We have since deployed ‘Operation Dofaji’ and other police components to the area,” Mr. Abeh said.

Witnesses who reported the incident to PREMIUM TIMES said the armed intruders stormed the village of Dangaji around 8:00 p.m. Friday, killing many and leaving several injured.

Another attack in a nearby community of Unguwar Gajere was also hit in a predawn assault by the unidentified suspects, who are still at large at the time of filing this report Saturday evening.

It was in Unguwar Gajere, which falls under Kutemeshi District, that the attackers killed 10 people on Saturday morning, witnesses said.

It was not immediately clear why the attackers struck in the two villages.

While deadly attacks are not uncommon in Birnin Gwari, which falls under Kaduna Central Senatorial District, most of the deadly incidents in recent years have been blamed more on armed bandits than herdsmen.

At least 20 were reported killed in an April 2015 attack which the police treated as a case of armed robbery.

Attacks relating to the alleged rustling of cows in the area had also been reported in recent years.

Mr. Abeh indicated that the latest attacks involved suspected herdsmen and members of the local vigilante groups, but did not elaborate, saying he was at a meeting.

The locals said it was true that the vigilante men tried to repel the invaders, but were largely overpowered.

“They caused a lot of damage because the vigilante groups were not adequately equipped to contain them,” a witness said.

The attacks come as the attention of the country remains largely focused on the recent killings in Benue State.

At least 70 persons, including three policemen, were killed in suspected herdsmen attacks on villages in Benue between December 31 and January 8, according to state overnment officials.

The state government conducted a mass burial for the victims in a village near the Air Force Base in Makurdi, the state capital, on January 12.

As part of his administration’s response to the incidents, President Muhammadu Buhari on January 9 ordered the immediate relocation of Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris to Benue.

Mr. Idris, who arrived the state on January 11, said he had deployed over 660 police officers in more than 10 units across the state, promising to deploy additional officers to five more units in the coming days.


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  • Oguntade

    Moronic el-rufai still expecting them to vote for him and his bloodsucking principal in the next general election? My foot

  • Jon

    These killings by the parasitic shithole Fulani herdsmen will not abate unless this shithole Nigeria is restructured to true Federalism.

  • omo56

    And APC lawmakers who are being killed daily still support Buhari with no reservation

    . At least make your support conditional on his promise to repudiate these attacks

  • PolyGon2013

    Regional autonomy will forestall all these nonsense. Each region will have the right to defend itself by equipping its police and armed then to the teeth. Intelligence network will be deployed accordingly so that all these killers coming at night will either be killed or apprehended before they commit crime.

  • forestgee

    Vampires on the prowl. We are seeing more killings under this government. This is exactly why he was rejected 3 times in the past.

  • Shahokaya

    Panic headline with intent to cause mischief. Birnin Gwari has been under attack from criminals that have turned the Birnin Gwari, Dansadau forest into a no go area in the last four years. They were responsible for kidnapping the deputy commissioner of Police and the killing of thousands in Zamfara State. The story was slanted to give the impression that the killings was carried out by Fulani herdsmen , but this attack was unfortunately expected as last week the vigilantes killed many criminals in the area and as usual they bowed to revenge the election killings.

    • obiora

      This is not about who killed who but about what is the Government doing to the killings. Or Are the Killers Spirits?. Or is Government behind it.

      • Shahokaya

        Why then bring in the name of people who have no hand in the crisis? I agree on your observation on the failure to tackle the criminals by government.From the time of Goodluck to the present time it seems as if the criminals have taken over the Dansadau forest unchallenged.

        • Julius

          He has no reason other than hatred !. Watch him.

        • Otile

          Why drag Jonathan into your North on North mad massacres? You cannot hold Jonathan responsible for mad moslem Fulanis doing their best to decimate the Tivs while their brother is still the president of one Nigeria. Right now the mad Muslims have the upper hand.

        • Bassey Frank

          Even from the time of your Nomadic grandfather who died of leprosy …

          • Shahokaya

            I have seen people like you before, but I had to pay admission…bloody pig.

      • Khaled Maiwada Abdulsalam

        But all the commentors are talking of who is who so why do you want to change the rule now because Shahokaya has made a valid point?
        You want to be clever by half.

    • Bassey Frank

      So the killing was carried our by your kinsmen, is that what you are saying?

      • Shahokaya

        I bet your brain feels as good as new, seeing that you have never used it.

  • Iniabasi Akpan

    Why don’t we have such killings in northern states like Kano? Cos the governor is proactive. And he isn’t an extremist. I don’t even know his name, but d Kano governor looks levelheaded.
    Hell rufai is a bigot. Wicked midget who wants nothing but blood.
    Nigeria might be set ablaze by this administration.

    • Yego V

      His name is Abdullahi Ganduji PhD. a very committed Muslim, sincere and good at heart. I know him personally and I’m a Christian.
      I’ve said it before that el-rufai and Buhari are not truly Nigerians but settled Fulani immigrants whose loyalty is to their fellow Fulani’s. They used our money to pay ” compensation ” to FOREIGN Fulani’s. I cannot believe this. A former member House of Reps. had claimed sighting helicopters dropping goods at night in bushes. They suspect weapons supplies for herdsmen. El-rufai will never deploy to southern Kaduna, the type of force he did to quell NLC protest. What a shame.

  • Mentus

    The pathetic thing is that these men attack defenceless people at the height of their vulnerability, when they are either asleep or relaxed. They are COWARDS.
    Why don’t they just declare their intention and fight it out with men like them.
    All these reactive response sending security personnel after the attack do nothing to protect the victims. What about use of intelligence to trail the perpetrators and arrest them before they actualise their mission. I am sure that if the perpetrators were Southerners, this would have been nipped in the bud a long time ago.
    And by the way these dastardly acts are not performed by the actual herdsmen, the Jihadists sponsored by top men in the north are the Standby hit men who do the killing. The individual herdsman commit the opportunistic crime of rape or murder of an individual.(not that this not equally reprehensible)
    IGP has to be true to himself and say why he is able to fish out and kill criminals from the South but has never traced/killed any of these blood suckers from the North.

    • Otile

      Separation is the answer.

  • Solomon Brown

    WE ARE AT WAR. IF MEMORY SERVES ME WELL, I REMEMBER EL-RUFAI ONCE BRAGGED ABOUT NOT NEEDING THE SOUTHERN KADUNA VOTE TO WIN AN ELECTION. HE IS MAD ABOUT THE FACT THAT MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES ARE LOCATED IN THAT PART OF THE STATE, SO THIS IS A CALL TO ALL MEN IN SOUTHERN KADUNA TO PUT YOUR ALCOHOLIC DRINKS DOWN AND SEE THINGS AS THEY REALLY ARE. EL RUFAI DOES NOT CARE ABOUT YOU.

    • Iskacountryman

      put your alcoholics drink down?…crazy dog eaters…

      • Solomon Brown

        What is your point?

        • Iskacountryman

          mister brown…pick your alcoholic drinks up…

          • Solomon Brown

            Vamoose!

          • Iskacountryman

            you sound unhappy…

        • Iskacountryman

          you have mad dog syndrome…

          • Solomon Brown

            Of course I am angry when innocent people were just murdered. What’d you expect?

          • Iskacountryman

            innocent people with a penchant for free beef…

          • Solomon Brown

            How are we sure the persons murdered by your kinsmen are the people actually responsible for the stolen cattle, going by your claim and that of Ngeljarma alongside Emir Lamido Sanusi, the grand patron of the terrorist organization called MACBAN?

          • Iskacountryman

            it is hard to hide the bones of a cow…

  • Biy

    …watch the space. The outrage will die down as soon as there is realization that the victims are Hausa-Fulani Muslims. Am sure even the slant in the headline is to give the impression that this happened in souther Kaduna. The earlier we realize we have National, nay Transnational problem, the better we begin to address it. The fight for resources and the associated poor mgt of it by successive governments is at root at it .

  • Intrepid

    This is pure ethnic cleansing going on in Nigeria. No doubt about that. They want to complete their annexation now that their man is at the helm.

  • David Puff

    I believe these atrocious killings are part of a larger plan by the Fulani in land grabbing of the Christian northern minority tribes ancestral home lands.
    The goal is to decimate their population by killing as many as possible especially WOMEN and children (cos it’s the women who produces offsprings).
    Logically, the only way to decimate communities is to take out the women (cos one woman is capable of birthing 5 kids) even if sharing one man with 4 other women as co-wives.
    NOTE :
    A discerning mind knows that it’s Herculean to regenerate/replace over 70 able bodied persons that were killed lately in Benue state….

    • Solomon Brown

      Right on the money. You got it all figured out sir.

    • Lanre

      Hello David Puff. A journey down memory lane will help in understanding what is going on. On April 22, 1990, Major Gideon Orkar from Benue State organized a military coup d’état against the regime of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. One of the demands of the coupists was the excision of the Hausa-Fulani states from Nigeria due to the real and perceived dominance of this ethnic group in the affairs of Nigeria. This was before M.K.O Abiola was killed by the same Military. This was before the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections by the largely Hausa-Fulani led Military. This was before General Sani Abacha who is reported to have immigrated from Niger (his parents, that is) took over power from the Yoruba stooge, Ernest Oladeinde Shonekan.
      Twenty-Seven years after (and David Mark from the same Benue State a multi-billionaire many times over), the people of Gideon Orkar are being killed like fowls. Not even like human beings. The Emir of Kano went to the area and on behalf of the Sultan of Sokoto warned the people of the consequences of their courage in resisting the invading forces of the Herdsmen.
      I will continue this story after the next killing by the Herdsmen. Stay tuned…….

      • Bassey Frank

        And what was the role of the SW in strengthening the killer-spirit of the Fulani? Why are we now crying?

  • Otile

    What is Osinbajo still doing in this corrupt regime, can’t he yell at the dullard at the top or quit for this nonsense? Must he kill his conscience in pursuit of corrupt power? Shege, nobody is impressed anymore.

  • Lanre

    Those who refuse to remember history are bound to repeatr it.On April 22, 1990, Major Gideon Orkar from Benue State organized a military coup d’état against the regime of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. One of the demands of the coupists was the excision of the Hausa-Fulani states from Nigeria due to the real and perceived dominance of this ethnic group in the affairs of Nigeria. This was before M.K.O Abiola was killed by the same Military. This was before the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections by the largely Hausa-Fulani led Military. This was before General Sani Abacha who is reported to have immigrated from Niger (his parents, that is) took over power from the Yoruba stooge, Ernest Oladeinde Shonekan.
    Twenty-Seven years after (and David Mark from the same Benue State a multi-billionaire many times over), the people of Gideon Orkar are being killed like fowls. Not even like human beings. The Emir of Kano went to the area and on behalf of the Sultan of Sokoto warned the people of the consequences of their courage in resisting the invading forces of the Herdsmen.
    I will continue this story after the next killing by the Herdsmen. Stay tuned…….

  • Khaled Maiwada Abdulsalam

    Why did you put the pucture of a Fulani cattle herdshand messrs Premium Times Nigeria? What message do you want to convey? That the killers are Fulani herdsmen abi?
    What you are doing is more dangerous that the killers that include most Nigerian tribes, because 1) Everybody knows that the Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state and up to DanSadau axis in Zamfara states are Hausa Fulani occupied location and have been an axis of killings by various kinds of criminal gangs including cattle rustlers.
    Everyone knows that the vigilante in the areas killed some criminals operating in the large forested environment last week and the criminals composed of people from various Nigerian tribes vowed to revenge and these killings are reprisal from criminals targeting only Hausa Muslims and not Northern Christian minority tribes.
    And why then did you make the story appears as if the killings took place in Southern Kaduna states largely occupied by Christian minority tribes?
    You did so because you want to make the story appear as Fulani Muslims are killing minority Christian in Southern Kaduna so that reprisal will follow putting the country and innocent lives on fire.
    Government should investigate Premium Times Nigeria because already some naive hate filled commentors who never see anything good in other Nigerians outside their narrow tribal or religious cocoons have started making inflammatory statements and even citing Gideon Gwarzo Orkar’s failed coup attempt against Babangida Government as the the best things against Muslim Hausa Fulani states as if Babangida government is composed only of Muslims and not all Nigerian upper class to whom tribe or religion mean nithing but their power and money.
    You must apologize to the Nigerian masses and the cattke Fulani people and retract this news and guard against inciting violence in future as the poor already suffering masses are those who bear the brunt of these senseless killings you the press incite.

    • Bayo

      Who are those killing in Benue and Taraba?
      Who are those killing in Jos?

  • man

    why cant these idiots understand for the past decades that the govt cant protect them, and only speak from their shitholes. they shuould protect themsleves by forming vigilante groups and arming themselves with weapons.

  • Say the truth

    Fulani herdsmen are on rampage because Buhari is heartless and cold hearted. Fulani herdsmen are killing people and Miyetti Allah are threatening more attacks yet Buhari looks the other way. Well as long as these are not southern Kaduna people the Fulanis can continue their journey. I will say El Rufai caused the problem. He preferred to pacify herdsmen from “niger” instead of encouraging Buhari to deal with them. Where is TINUBU, AMAECHI, OKOROACHA, OSHIOMOLE, LAI MUHAMMED, ODIGWE OYEGUN. BUKOLA SARAKI, DOGARA. HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SILENCE. YOU ARE ALL GUILTY BECAUSE YOU SOLD THE MURDERER CALLED BUHARI TO THIS NATION.

  • Say the truth

    Where is OBASANJO, where is GOWON, where is ABDUSALAM ABUBARKAH, Where are the so called ELDERS. Buhari has lost the control and there is need to rescue the nation NOW.

    • KELLOGGS

      Those are all hand-picked by Britain to screw the most populous black nation.