Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Sunday afternoon attacked four communities in Southern Kaduna, killing 31 persons including pregnant women and little children. It was gathered that the militia herdsmen also burned down about 46 houses in Ungwan Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam communities of Kizakoro District in Chawai Chiefdom, Kauru local government of Kaduna State.
This fresh attacks came just a day after the launching of public apology billboard by the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and the chairman Plateau State traditional council, Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba, declaring the return of peace in southern Kaduna and an end to the incessant killings and attacks. A resident of Kigam village, Mathias said that “31 people were killed in the attack while about 46 houses were burnt, it was gathered.”
An official of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) who also compiled the list of the houses that were destroyed also put the death toll at 31. According to the resident, two people were killed in Ungwan Rimi, one person in Kitakum, 17 people killed in Ungwan Magaji, and 11 person killed in Kigam community totaling 31 people killed in the Sunday’s attack.
The eyewitness accounts said over 46 houses, with no single house left unburned in Kigam community. Confirming the attack, the council chairman of Kauru local government area, Mr. Pius Bakam said the casualties figure is over 30. “I can confirm to you that there were attacks on our communities, the casualty figure is over 30, the youth are still searching for more dead bodies. “The dead bodies will be given a mass burial tomorrow (today). The attacked is unfortunate and condemnable,” the council chairman added.