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Police details how 32 People were Killed in Kaduna State

by on July 20, 2017
 
The Kaduna State Police command confirmed that 32 persons mostly women and children have been killed in clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.
However, a source close to the youths/farm­ers put the casualty fig­ure at over 37 with scores injured in the blood bath that lasted for two days.
According to the Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abbe, “the prob­lem started when some youths claimed that they saw a Fulani with a bag which they alleged to contain military camou­flage but he ran away.
“On their way coming, they saw a young grazing herder and they attacked him. But while that was ongoing, his father came in to rescue his son and was subsequently as­saulted but later died in a hospital where he was rushed to”.
He said contrary to perceptions, “we must not assume or conclude that because in some communities of the state, attacks had taken place by suspected Fulani herds-men, for every vio­lent attack, the aggressors must be Fulani herds­men. I do believe that in this particular incident, that assertion is not true.
“Police were informed and we immediately swung into action but before we could reach the place, 26 Fulanis who were mostly women and children have been killed and their huts razed. This took place at a remote settlement.
“This form of unpro­voked attack is not only barbaric; it must be con­demned especially when the state is experiencing some level of peace,” the Commissioner lament­ed.
While assuring the people of Kaduna State of their safety, Abbe af­firmed that “Police will continue to render all legitimate service to ensure peace in the state”. Stressing “we will do all we can to prevent escala­tion and we will not rest until those behind the dastardly act are brought to justice.”
In another develop­ment, the command yesterday paraded over fifty suspected crimi-nals who have been terroris­ing Kaduna residents.
The suspects who are mostly youths between 15 and 23 years of age, according to the Police were arrested while com­mitting the crimes on Kaduna-Abuja, Kadu­na-Zaria and Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highways.
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