Curfew declared in Kafanchan following killings by herdsmen

Fulani herdsman
Fulani herdsman

The Interim Management Committee Chairman, of Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state Dr. Bege Katuka has announced the imposition of a 24 hour curfew following the killing of over 20 persons including security personnel in Godogodo chiefdom by alleged herdsmen.

Katuka advised residents to remain indoors pending when the situation would be put under control.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the herdsmen who took control of the Godogodo chiefdom, have since Saturday 6pm, attacked a military outpost and advanced to other villages where they killed about 20 people, burnt down several houses in the area.

The attack of the herdsmen who were allegedly armed to the teeth have heightened tension between the Christian community and the Hausa/Fulani Muslims in Kafanchan, the headquarters of the local government thereby forcing the council to impose the 24-hour curfew.

Kafanchan is the Headquarters of Jema’a LGA, about 250 km South of Kaduna metropolis and also the commercial and socio-political hub of Southern Kaduna.

Reports have indicated that following series of attacks by herdsmen, about nine communities have been sent into exile from July to date.

A survivor of the attack, Mr. Zamani Andy told our correspondent that a substantial part of the town has been razed down following the renewed onslaught on the town leading to the death of women and children.

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“Some who tried to escape were shot or cut down with machete, the Herdsmen have taken over the chiefdom. The Chief himself is on exile, nobody knows his where about as I speak to you,” he said.

Another local community leader who escapes by whiskers  narrated that “last Saturday, around 6pm, we heard gunshots from around Anguwan Ninzon area making people to run for dear lives. I saw many Fulani men carrying guns and just shooting at people.

“Some houses were set on fire with people inside.  My escape was by divine intervention because I don’t know how I managed to escape. 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.”

Confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Police Spokesman, ASP Aliyu Usman says at least two policemen have been killed in an earlier raid near Gogogodo last Friday; and that a police formation was attacked in Godogodo before the invaders faced the town last Saturday evening.

He said that Kaduna State Police Commissioner has deployed more units of Mobile and conventional policemen to the place for re-enforcement.

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