Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have again murdered 58 villagers in simultaneous attacks on two villages in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State early yesterday.
Sanga, a local government in Southern part of Kaduna State, shares borders with Nasarawa, Bauchi, Plateau and Niger states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Residents also alleged that the attack was carried out by Fulani herdsmen, who killed 21 at Kabamu – Fadan Karshi village and 17 in Nandu villages all in Numana Chiefdom.
A resident of Fadan Karshi, Habila, told our correspondent that the gunmen went to the villages with sophisticated weapons.
He said, “They came to our area with dangerous weapons shooting and setting our houses ablaze. Last weekend, some couples who went to farm were also killed. We were able to kill one of the attackers and arrested one other person. That is why we know that the attack was carried out by Fulani.”
He said the attack affected some communities in Kabamu in Karshi District and Ankpong in Nandu District all of Numana chiefdom.
Another resident, Victor, also disclosed that “Women and Children were the major casualties of the attacks. We don’t know the mission of this people.”
“The Fulani stormed the village at about 11p.m on Monday night with sophisticated weapons. They started shooting and killing human beings like animals.
“They killed 17 people, mostly children and women and injured several people in Nandu village and Kabamu in Fadan Karshi all in Numana chiefdom. They burned several houses,” said Victor.
Confirming the killings, the Sanga Local government Chairman, Hon Emmanuel Adamu who visited the scene of the attack described it as barbaric.
Adamu also confirmed the number of those killed, saying the attack started at about 10 p.m. on Monday up to the early hours of yesterday.
“The attack lasted for several hours claiming the lives of 21 people at Kabamu village and 17 at Ankpong villages in Nandu district,” Adamu said.
According to the council Chairman, “Fulani men carried out the attack. The soldiers were able to shoot two of the gunmen; one died immediately, while the other sustained injuries. The soldiers arrested him. The Fulanis gunmen were wearing Mobile Police uniform; they disguised as Police.”
“The attack is uncalled for, and one cannot even describe an attack that killed many people. We lost about 21 people at Fadan Karshi, and in Nandu district 17 people were killed. We lost 38 people in one night attack. This is condemnable in every sense of the word. We recorded lots injuries. It was a massacre in the land,” he added.
He condoled the affected families and appealed to the people of the local government to remain calm as security measures were being put in place to forestall recurrence.
As at the time of filing this report, villagers were sighted relocating to unknown destinations for safety.
It would be recalled that, in May 2014, seven people including two gunmen were killed during an attack on a police post at Fadan Karshi.