Calm Returns to Southern Kaduna Aftermath of Crisis That Claimed 33 Lives – Police

Kaduna State Police Command has said calm has returned to Southern Kaduna after skirmishes that left scores of people dead.
Agyole Abeh, the Commissioner of Police in the state, said at a press briefing, Wednesday, that a total of 27 herdsmen people living in the area were killed in two separate attacks, while six other villagers died, making a number of 33, who died room the clash.
According to him, the incident started on July 11, when some villagers attacked a boy and his father.
He said the death of the boy later in the hospital, prompted some Fulani youth to attack the village where those who allegedly killed the boy hailed from and in the process killed six of the villagers.
“The youths from the area immediately mobilised and went into the bush attacking and killing, maiming and burning any Fulani settlement within their sight.
“The police were contacted and immediately mobilised and went to the scene, but the youths had already fled into the surrounding bushes leaving behind a death toll of 26 Fulanis, which are mostly women and children.
“The injured were also recovered and taken to hospital where they are receiving treatment.
“Calm has been restored to the area and a joint police/military presence has been beefed up in the area to bring about lasting peace and restore confidence in the people of the community.”
The commissioner assured that the police would arrest and prosecute “those responsible for this dastardly and callous act.”
Abeh berated a section of the media for erroneous report of the incident, and advised reporters to always authenticate their facts before going public, so as not to misinform and further escalate such clashes.
Meanwhile, the joint military operation saddled with the responsibility to restore peace in Plateau and some parts of Bauchi State , otherwise known as Operation Safe Heaven (OPSH), has also extended its watch to Southern Kaduna.
The four Local Government in Southern Kaduna now under the supervision of OPSH are Sanga, Jema’a, Zango-Kataf and Kaura, which were before now, manned by 4 Battalion under 1 Division in Kaduna state.
In a brief handing over ceremony at the weekend, in Southern Kaduna, the Commander 4 battalion, Lt. Col. Hassan Muhammad Bello said 4 battalion has been nominated for a foreign mission by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, adding that the Army Chief dimmed it fit to hand over the four Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna to OPSH, because of its proximity and accessibility to Jos.
Bello said the crisis situation in Plateau and Southern Kaduna such as cattle rustling, armed bandit and farmers/ herdsmen clash are similar, hence OPSH haven managed the situation successfully in Plateau will in no doubt contain the situation in Southern Kaduna.
Responding, the OPSH Commander, Major General Rogers Nicholas, said his command is resolute to sustain the peace in the region, saying that OPSH effort in Plateau will be doubled to contain any crisis in the area.
His words, “I and my men are not religious or partisan, we respect people’s institutions and traditions; we call for corporation and synergy from all stakeholders and also call on them to share useful information with us”, he said.

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