South Kaduna Killings: The Government Has Failed Us

From Sola Ojo, Kaduna

Leaders of the Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA) in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduna State, on Monday expressed their dissatisfaction with the government’s efforts to end the surge murders and destruction of property on their lands by armed terrorists.

The association’s president, Samuel T Achie, when reading a press release titled “Ongoing carnage in the lands of Atyap since the early hours of Sunday January 30, 2022”, noted that several truces of peace between the various inhabitants of the local government do not seem to give the expected result. as killings and destruction of property usually recorded after such a peace meeting.

According to him, “While we have remained resolute in pursuing the peace initiated by our Supreme Ruler, HRH, Sir Dominic Yahaya Gambo and other sons and daughters of the earth, the enemies of peace continue to inflict suffering by invading our villages and killing our people at will and get away with it”.

He continued: “The unfortunate thing is that any time there is a peace meeting with government officials, representatives of Fulani organizations or NGOs to try to move the peace process forward, the next will be an attack against the earth by the terrorists, who subsequently disappear without any trace of their fate.

“With the deliberate perpetuation of violence against the Atyap Chiefdom and communities in the Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of ​​Kaduna State, the lives of citizens have been shattered in the country, and lives and the assets of our people are being wiped out at will by those who feel protected and can do what they want with human lives and be free.

“Since 7/17/2021, many lives and countless properties have been destroyed in villages like Abuyab, Mazaki, Mawakili, Takjei, Matache, Matagama, Gora Gan, Kurmin Masara and Atisa. On Sunday, January 30, 2022, 11 people were brutally murdered by Fulani terrorist militia forces, many were injured, more than 30 houses burned down and more than 100 people displaced.

Again on Monday 31st January 2022, Atisa village in (Kurmin Masara) was attacked and 5 lives were lost and 8 houses were also burnt down. even in the presence of the security checkpoints at Bakin Kogi and Ashaawuce within a
A kilometer from the scene, some people from the area are still unaccounted for and missing,” he said.

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He further noted that during several meetings and especially during one of the association’s visits at the invitation of the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor applauded the efforts of HRH l ‘Agwatyap on efforts to support the peace initiative and the high respect he had for the Supreme Ruler.

He, however, expressed concern that despite El-Rufai’s praise for a peace initiative by the traditional ruler, the Atyap nation was left alone to carry their cross for reasons better known to the government.

“During this same visit, His Excellency gave a deadline that by December 2021, if peace was not restored to Atyap territory, he would withdraw all security officers. I sincerely believe that it is time for His Excellency to call the security apparatus for a review of strategy and possible changes where possible,” he added.

The association then decided that “if peace is to be achieved, the Fulani of Zango urban should be advised to leave because it is strange that the Hausa and the Fulani have never stayed together as they do now.

“All the sons and daughters of the land of Atyap believed that the Fulani there were recruiting or serving as guides for the perpetrators of these killings in our land. Whenever there is an attack, and the attackers are pursued by our people, they run to Zango to get to safety with the Hausa.

“Let the international community know that what is happening in our land is genocide perpetrated by enemies of the land for reasons they know best.

That the government should urgently assess the performance of all service members, as there seems to be a disconnect between what they are supposed to do and what they are doing. » Archie

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