A Group on the platform of the Coalition against Kajuru Killings have called on the federal government to set up an independent commission of inquiry to probe the Kajuru Killings, while calling for the immediate release of Adara elders that were allegedly unjustly incarcerated.
This is even as the group revealed that latest death toll of the mindless carnage had already surpassed 130, with several communities reduced to rubbles, setting the stage for a major humanitarian crisis that has so far displaced no fewer than 10,000 persons now living in four camps.
The Group called on the FG to provide adequate healthcare for the wounded, food and shelter for the victims, while pleading with agencies of government to make haste and intervene in the humanitarian crisis that has displaced over 10,000, with many others admitted for medical treatment in the state, refuting that at no time did the communities reject Government’s assistance by way of aid or made themselves inaccessible to government agencies and totally rejected the politicization of the conflict
Coordinator of the Coalition Rev. Fr Williams Kaura Abba who made the call, while leading a peaceful protest in Abuj, yesterday, further called for a probe into the exhumation of Fulani Corpse, if any, in order to bring perpetrators to justice.
In his words “We call on the Federal Government to set up an independent commission of enquiry to probe the Kajuru killings, including exhumation of Fulani corpses, if any, in order to bring perpetrators to justice. We cannot allow killers to turn our once peaceful and thriving villages and towns into trenches of warfare.
The Clergy man who demanded the immediate release of the Adara elders saying they were unjustly incarcerated, said ”These leaders have committed no crime other than being leaders of an Ethnic group, alleging that the Governor, Nasir El-Rufai had taken it upon himself to break the resolve of the Adara and viciously pursue their persecution”
The Group recalled that the present spate of killings started on Sunday February 10, 2019 when herdsmen militia, without any form of provocation, attacked Ungwar Barde in Maro ward of Kajuru LGA, killing 10 persons including a pregnant woman”.
“To our shock and consternation, not a single word over the killing was issued by the Kaduna State Government. Five days after the attack, exactly on February 15, 2019, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, on National Television disclosed that security agencies had recovered bodies of 66 Fulani killed by Adara natives. He was later to increase the death toll to 130”.
They maintained that the governor’s allegations over killings of Fulani is still an allegation that is yet to be proven, as he had neither shown the world the pictures of recovered Fulani corpses nor commenced investigation to prove his allegation. Further recalling that the state Police commissioner had debunked the death toll as announced by the governor, insisting that investigation into Fulani killings is still at “embryonic stage.”
The Group alleged that the allegation by el-Rufai over killings of their brothers of Fulani extraction set the stage for reprisal killings and weaved the labyrinth of insecurity over the besieged Adara communities such as we are currently witnessing.
“Within the space of one month, we have been horror-stricken at the barbaric attacks carried out by these merchants of death against children, men, women, including the aged. Communities have been reduced to rubbles and insecurity now stalks these towns and villages unchallenged”
The group further lamented that the existential threat to Adara people is frightening and real, as both the Kaduna State and Federal Government are playing the ostrich to the security need and humanitarian catastrophe pervading the communities. In most of the communities under attacks, the difficult terrains and their locations make the task of reaching them herculean.
The group further called on other Nigerians and the international community to mount pressure on Nigerian government to come to their aid by ending the genocide that is rippling across Adara communities in Kajuru and other areas of Southern Kaduna where there is a resurgence of violence, such as Gerti and Sanga where no fewer than 12 persons had been killed by these rampaging herdsmen militia.
The Group called on the government to as a matter of urgency deploy more security forces into these hinterlands, including consistent aerial surveillance to track the terrorists and consequently end the carnage.
“Government at both Federal and state levels must muster courage and the political will to halt the incursion of these non-state actors. It is our firm belief that powerful retrogressive forces are funding and supporting these well-coordinated militia who come in and strike at our sleepy and peaceful communities and retreat without consequences.
Rejecting the balkanization of its indigenous traditional institution, the Group rejected the politicization of conflict whether in Birnin Gwari, Kajuru or any part of Southern Kaduna saying “We call for accountability and probity in the handling of the crisis in Kaduna State and urge government to prosecute those who aid and albeit crisis through careless speech of incitement for the purposes of stoking hatred and violence”.
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