In a press statement released by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, it stated that, 7 people were killed and 17 Houses razed down by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Gora Gan, Zango-kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
According to the statement, “In an unending spiral of violence over Southern Communities, armed gunmen, identified as Fulani by affected natives, yesterday evening (17th December, 2020) struct Gora Gan village, in Atyap ChiefdoUnm, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna state and wiped out five members of a family and killed two others. The invaders also burnt down 17 houses in the village and destroyed other assets.
“The victims are: Ayuba Sheyin, 65; Jummai Sheyin, 55; Patience Sheyin, 5; Goodluck Sheyin,11 and Saviour Sheyin, 14. They are all of the same household. The rest are: Peter Akau, 70 and Joel Ishaya 35. At least 17 homes were razed by the attackers.
“This will register as one of other attacks on the Atyap Chiefdom after a much celebrated and publicized peace accord was reached between elites of Atyap natives and their long time settled Hausa/Fulani communities in August this year.
“It could be recalled the on 15th November, 2020, the District Head of Ma’Zaki, in Atyap Chiefdom, Mr Haruna Kuye, was murdered along with his 9-year-old son, Destiny Haruna, while his wife and daughter survived with severe injuries inflicted on them.
“On Thursday, 17th December, 2020, armed men paired on four motor bikes stormed Kujeni Tudu in Kajuru LGA of Kaduna state and attacked the Adara village, killing an elderly man, Bala Umaru, 75 and looted the village. In the pandemonium that ensued 4 persons are still missing up to the time of writing this statement. They are: Dada Bulus, 55, Peter Tanko, 43, Buba Yakubu 51 and Emma Dauda, 38.
“This means that in one day 8 Southern Kaduna natives were killed in a genocidal campaign against our people by armed militia who every surviving victim of the violence always identifies as Fulani.
“Information reaching SOKAPU says that four of the Gora Gan invaders were killed by troops of Operation Safe Haven who came for rescue and that some carry identity cards showing where they come from. But, that we cannot confirm this as their corpses were not displayed.
“If the above assertion is true, then the government should have no reason not to use this information for a holistic investigation on the fleeing murderers and unravel those behind them and their motives.
“Part of Chikun LGA of Kaduna State bordering Niger sate have been sacked and are now IDPs in many communities with their kinsmen in Niger state.
“The primary reason why a government is formed is to protect lives and property. Any other reason is secondary. On this, Kaduna state and the Federal government has failed in this regard as scores of Southern Kaduna communities have been sacked and most of them occupied by the invaders after killing several and destroying communities.
“We are calling on the Internal Communities, Humanitarian Organizations, the United National, relevant NGOs both local and International, men and women of conscience to help us bear pressure on our government to take the issue of security and safety of the residents of Kaduna state more seriously.”