Godogodo death toll hits 40, as mob hacks 14 herdsmen dead

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24hour curfew imposed in Kaduna LGA as alleged herdsmen kill 20

 News By: adekunle    Sunday, October 16, 2016

By Luka Binniyat

KADUNA – Alleged armed herdsmen between Saturday and Sunday killed not less than 20 persons after they lay a surprise siege on Godogodo, a semi-urban settlement, in Jema’a Local Government Area, LGA, of Kaduna State as at the time of going to press.

The police and escapees said Godogodo was razed down with a tentative casualty figure of 20, apart from the injured.

The gory incident was said to have heightened tension between the majority Christian population of Kafanchan, about 12 km, north of Godogodo, and its minority settler population of Hausa/Fulani Muslims.

The Interim Management Committee, IMC, Chairman, of Jema’a LGA, Dr. Humble Katuka, acting on mitigating measures, Sunday slammed a 24-hour curfew on the LGA.

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.

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“We’ve been abandoned”, Kaduna christian communities on edge over herdsmen terror

Monday, October 17, 2016

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(BySola OjoKADUNA)

Followingthe invasion and killings of scores of people at a Christian dominated Godogodo Chiefdom in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State by suspected armed herdsmen earlier in the week, the affected people said they have been abandoned by both federal and state governments and may be forced to resolve to self-defense if urgent measures are not put in place to stop the killings.

>Astatement signed by the president of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), Barrister Solomon Musa, reads:

“Godogodo communities once again came under very fierce, terrifying, brutal, savage and barbarous attack by Fulani herdsmen without provocation of any nature from Saturday 15thOctober, 2016 to Sunday afternoon. This is despite the frantic calls for help from the beleaguered villagers to those constitutionally saddled with the task of safeguarding their citizens.

“The barbarians wreaked maximum havoc and destruction by killing uncountable number of our people. So far, the locals have been able to identify not less than 40 corpses, aside from the several other corpses burnt beyond recognition. Virtually all houses have been burnt in Godogodo. Property worth hundreds of millions destroyed while crops have been grazed by cattle and the rest destroyed by the invaders. Yet, governments at the Federal and State levels appear quiet and noncommittal. We have been abandoned, deserted and neglected.

“SOKAPU is also curious that the attacks on villages in Godogodo started since May 2016 but has been left to linger despite the government’s explanation that it spends N200 million monthly on security in the state.

“From the previous attacks on Sanga Local Government to the current attacks on Godogodo towns which haven’t shown any sign of diminishing, it lends credence to the fact that cattle rustling receives more attention from the monthly N200 million supposedly spends on security in Kaduna State than on marauding armed herdsmen in Southern Kaduna.

“It will appear that we have been abandoned, deserted and neglected. We do not deserve the intervention or sympathy of the federal or state governments. Security personnel are posted to the main highways only; from April to date, there does not appear to be any form of intelligence gathering, any form of surveillance, any form of proactive measures to forestall future occurrences; any form of intervention by government.”

The group demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of all the attackers, the establishment of permanent security formations in the area and an intensification ofintelligence gathering, include aerial surveillance of

Godogodo death toll hits 40, as mob hacks 14 herdsmen dead

 News By: Okogba    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

By Luka Binniyat, with agency report

KADUNA-The death toll from the invasion of Godogodo in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, between last Saturday and Sunday, has risen from 20 to 40, according to sources from Southern Kaduna Peoples Unions, SOKAPU, the umbrella body of the 67 tribal groupings of Southern Kaduna.

However, Kaduna State Police spokesman, ASP Usman Aliyu, told Vanguard that he had not been informed of any figure higher than the Sunday figure of 20, but agreed that the casualty figure could be higher.

Meanwhile, a mob attack on herdsmen in Kaduna left no fewer than 14 persons “hacked and burnt” to death.

A commercial bus driver, Adamu Aliyu, told newsmen yesterday: “I was returning from Plateau State with eight passengers, all of them Fulani herders. My bus broke down in Kaduna State, so I left it to go search for a mechanic.

“While I was away, a mob surrounded the vehicle and forcibly brought out the eight passengers. They hacked them to death, dumped them in the vehicle and set it ablaze.

“Another vehicle was also attacked, when it stopped to refuel and all the six people were burnt to death along with the car.”

Aliyu said a riot broke out in the streets, with soldiers and policemen finally intervening to contain the carnage.

Casualties figure

On the casualty figures, following the invasion of Godogodo, a youth leader, who did not want his name mentioned, said: “On Sunday, we were able to get 20 corpses.

“But after the attackers were chased out this morning (yesterday), we went into the town and recovered badly burnt corpses.

“We retrieved corpses that were so badly burnt that you would not know if they were males or females. We now have about 40 dead persons. There could be more, because we are still searching.”

A statement by SOKAPU, through its leader, Dr. Musa Solomon, in Abuja, yesterday, read in part: “The entire people of Southern Kaduna have been totally neglected by the authorities at the Federal and state levels and left to be destroyed by enemies.”

It called on the Federal Government and Kaduna State government to set up permanent security formations in the area to curtail “the senseless killings.”

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Gunmen kill 2 in Kaduna village, steal 100 cattle

 News By: Okogba    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

By Luka Binniyat

KADUNA-No fewer than 20 armed men, suspected to be herdsmen, Sunday night, invaded Galwyi community, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing two persons and injuring two others.

They also carted away about 100 cattle, a community source told Vanguard, yesterday.

The state police spokesman, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the incident, said only one person was injured.

Galwyi, about 10 kilometres South-West of Kaduna, is part of a cluster of villages populated by indigenous Gyabgyi of Kaduna, who are predominantly farmers and small scale animal husbandry.

According to the source, the gunmen stormed the village from three directions.

“They left with no less than 100 cows. Policemen from Gwagwada outpost arrived and chased the invaders into the night, but had to retreat later.”

Godogodo death toll hits 40, as mob hacks 14 herdsmen dead

 News By: Okogba    Tuesday, October 18, 2016

By Luka Binniyat, with agency report

KADUNA-The death toll from the invasion of Godogodo in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, between last Saturday and Sunday, has risen from 20 to 40, according to sources from Southern Kaduna Peoples Unions, SOKAPU, the umbrella body of the 67 tribal groupings of Southern Kaduna.

However, Kaduna State Police spokesman, ASP Usman Aliyu, told Vanguard that he had not been informed of any figure higher than the Sunday figure of 20, but agreed that the casualty figure could be higher.

Meanwhile, a mob attack on herdsmen in Kaduna left no fewer than 14 persons “hacked and burnt” to death.

A commercial bus driver, Adamu Aliyu, told newsmen yesterday: “I was returning from Plateau State with eight passengers, all of them Fulani herders. My bus broke down in Kaduna State, so I left it to go search for a mechanic.

“While I was away, a mob surrounded the vehicle and forcibly brought out the eight passengers. They hacked them to death, dumped them in the vehicle and set it ablaze.

“Another vehicle was also attacked, when it stopped to refuel and all the six people were burnt to death along with the car.”

Aliyu said a riot broke out in the streets, with soldiers and policemen finally intervening to contain the carnage.

Casualties figure

On the casualty figures, following the invasion of Godogodo, a youth leader, who did not want his name mentioned, said: “On Sunday, we were able to get 20 corpses.

“But after the attackers were chased out this morning (yesterday), we went into the town and recovered badly burnt corpses.

“We retrieved corpses that were so badly burnt that you would not know if they were males or females. We now have about 40 dead persons. There could be more, because we are still searching.”

A statement by SOKAPU, through its leader, Dr. Musa Solomon, in Abuja, yesterday, read in part: “The entire people of Southern Kaduna have been totally neglected by the authorities at the Federal and state levels and left to be destroyed by enemies.”

It called on the Federal Government and Kaduna State government to set up permanent security formations in the area to curtail “the senseless killings.”

 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Boko Haram: 19 Northern governors to visit US for peace symposium

By Zacheaus Somorin

Nineteen Northern governors would be visiting the United States Institute of Peace next week as part of the US government’s effort in the sustenance of peace in the region. ”The urgent challenges for Nigeria’s powerful northern state governors range from addressing a humanitarian crisis sparked by Boko Haram’s insurgency to boosting economic growth with alternatives such as agriculture to make up for declining oil revenue”, Johnnie Carson, a senior advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, said ahead of a governors’ symposium to be held at the Institute next week.

The northern states of Africa’s most populous country are its poorest, and they are beset by social, economic and environmental problems that affect the stability of the whole nation, said Carson, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for Africa who is helping to organize the meeting. ”Such issues are the cause of underlying tensions that gave rise to the extremist Boko Haram group, and the governors have the clout to begin tackling them”, he added.

”The Boko Haram situation cannot be resolved by military means alone,” said Carson, the State Department’s top official for Africa from 2009-2013. “The symposium will provide an opportunity to share our experience and open the way for new thinking and new ideas.”

For the governors, the priorities include immediate reconstruction of schools, hospitals and water systems as Boko Haram is pushed back, leaving behind a humanitarian disaster; expanded educational opportunities for girls; economic development; and easing tensions between farmers and herdsmen over land use.

”The shock of Boko Haram has created the understanding that things have to be different,” added Princeton Lyman, a USIP senior adviser who was ambassador to Nigeria from 1986-1989. The symposium—thesecond for northern state governors hosted by USIP—comes at a difficult time for Nigeria in other respects that have highlighted the need to revamp policies and practices, he said.

Lyman added that the collapse of world oil prices has left the governors with about 60 percent of their former budgets and made clear the need to diversify their economies further.

During the three days of the symposium which holds between October 18 and 20, the governors will meet with U.S. officials as well as business leaders to discuss Nigeria’s development and investment opportunities in the northern region. After the event, the governors are expected to coordinate with a Senior Working Group of Nigerian civic, business and other leaders that USIP has helped establish to assist with implementing ideas coming out of the symposium.

“The conversations will be broad,” said Oge Onubogu, a senior program officer at USIP who works on Nigeria. While most of the symposium will be closed, governors will discuss their issues in a webcast forum, with the public posing questions via Twitter.

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