Herdsmen Panic: 20 Killed As Fulani Herdsmen Attack a LGA In Kaduna State



Physinews: The herdsmen have struck again and this time
they attacked Jema’a local government
council area of Kaduna state in Nigeria. Subsequently, a
24 hour curfew has been imposed on the
entire local government. The attack led to the
death of over 20 persons including security
personnel in Godogodo chiefdom.



According to Leadership, the herdsmen took
control of the Godogodo chiefdom, since
Saturday, October 15, around 6 pm.

They then
attacked a military outpost advanced to other
villages and killed about 20 people and burnt
several houses in the area. The dastardly
activities of this heavily armed herdsmen led
to increased tension between the Christian
community and the Hausa/Fulani Muslims in
Kafanchan, the headquarters of the local
government which led to the curfew.
Dr Bege Katuka the interim management
committee chairman, of Jema’a council area,
announced the curfew and then advised all
residents to remain indoors until the situation
was under control. A survivor of the herdsmen
attacks, Mr Zamani Andy said that the village
had been invaded by the armed men for two
days with a substantial part of the town razed;
women and children killed in the fires. He said:

“Some who tried to escape where shot or cut
down with machete, the herdsmen have taken
over the chiefdom, the chief is on exile, nobody
know is where about as speak with you.”

A local community leader who also barely
escaped narrated: “Last Saturday, around
6pm, we heard gunshots from around
Anguwan Ninzon area. As people were
running, women and children screaming. I saw
many Fulani men carrying heavy guns and
just shooting at people. “Some houses were
set on fire with people inside. If I tell you how I
managed to escaped, I will say I’m lying. I just
followed some old men and we ran through a
bush path with shootings going on all over the
town. Some were shot, but many of us
escaped.”

ASP Aliyu Usman the Kaduna state police
spokesman, confirmed the incident, stating
that at least two policemen had been killed in
an earlier raid near Gogogodo on Friday,
October 14. He also said that a police
formation was attacked in Godogodo before
the invaders faced the town last Saturday,
October 15, in the evening. He however
assured that the Kaduna state police
commissioner had deployed more units of
mobile and conventional policemen to the
place for more re-enforcement.

Meanwhile, in what looks like a connected
attack, two police officers were killed by
unknown gunmen, suspected to be Fulani
herdsmen, on Thursday, October 13, at a
checkpoint along the Kagoro-Gidan Waya
Road in Kaura local government area of
Kaduna state. The gunmen attacked six
officers who were manning the checkpoint,
killing two of them while two others were said
to be critically wounded.