Southern Kaduna in the Diaspora (SOKAD) U.S.A. & CANADA
Feb 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE
Gov Yero, Stop these Rains of Attacks on the Southern Kaduna People
We, the people of Southern Kaduna in diaspora in the United States (SOKAD-USA) condemn the violence and brutality that is visited on the Southern Kaduna people by the Hausa/Fulanis. The inaction by the government on the unending bloodbath of our people is unacceptable. We call on the Governor to take immediate action to provide security and protection to our people. Certainly, inaction by the Governor will suggest his support for the attackers.
Between April 2011 and December 2013 there were over 33 recorded attacks on the Southern Kaduna non-Hausa/Fulani people resulting in hundreds of deaths. This is not to mention the loss of properties, displacements and the rendering of our people refugees on their homeland.
In 2014 alone, Fulani herdsmen carried over 20 attacks on villages in Kaura, Kachia, Jaba, Zango-Katab, Sanga, etc. Families have been wiped out. Attacks have occurred when families were sleeping or in the farm.
These are highlights of the attacks, On Aug 20, 2011 two armed Fulani men attacked Fadiya Bakut in Fadiya District of Bajju Chiefdom of Z/kataf LGA resulting in the death of 3 persons. The following month, Armed Fulani men attacked U/ Rana of Bitaro District of Ham Chiefdom of Jaba LGA and killed 4 people. April 11, 2011 armed Fulani men attacked Kurmin Bi and Zonkwa in Bajju chiefdom of Z/kataf killing 5 people. On Dec 12, 2012 eleven armed Fulani men attacked Angwan Rami of Fada District of Oegworok Chiefdom of Kaura LGA. Five people died from this attack. By Jun 15, 2012 armed Fulani invaded and ransacked Nayi and Deyi villages in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State resulting in 12 lives lost. On April 23,2013 armed Fulani men attacked Aduwan Gida of Bajju Chiefdom of Z/Kataf LGA and 11 deaths were recorded. Again, on March 30, 2013 Fulani massive onslaught attack on a scale using sophisticated weapons including AK 47 on 8 Takad villages. Thirty-two deaths were counted. Then on Sep 28, 2013 armed Fulani men attacked Zangang leading to 15 deaths. And finally, as at the last counts, on Jan 31,2014 the Fulanis attacked Tekum Village in Moroa Chiefdom of Kaura LGA killing mostly women numbering 16. These are just few of the attacks recorded.
Dear Governor Yero, it is sad to note that in all of these attacks, not one person has been prosecuted. Enough is enough. We call on you, the Governor of Kaduna state, to use your power and the authority of your office to effect adequate security and protect the southern Kaduna people from this seemingly unending attacks. In this regard we make the following recommendations:
- Those responsible for these attacks and killings must be apprehended, prosecuted and punished as prescribed by the law of the land.
- These barbaric activities by the Hausa Fulani settlers and Fulani herdsmen in Southern Kaduna must be publicly condemned by your honorable office and affiliates.
- The Hausa Fulani settlers and the Fulani herdsmen have always initiated the attacks. They appear to receive state protection when our people take steps to defend themselves. The people of Southern Kaduna must have their right to defend themselves. This right must be guaranteed, promoted and protected.
- The police and soldiers (and other security operatives), whom you may send must be seen to be impartial.
We send our condolences to the families of the victims of these rains of attacks on the Southern Kaduna people.
Aminu Likita, MD, MPH, President, SOKAD-USA
Freeman Kamuru, PhD, MD, Secretary- General, SOKAD-USA
Ibrahim A. Maikori, M.Ed, Financial Secretary, SOKAD-UDA