From Yakubu Busari,Jos
Alhaji Saidu Maikano Adamu
The National President of Jon Jam, Alhaji Saidu Maikano Adamu has condemned the ongoing killings in Southern Kaduna and appealed to Governor Nasri el-Rufai to fish out and punish the perpetrators to stop further attacks.
Speaking to our correspondent on phone on Saturday in Jos, the Plataeu State capital, Adamu said the crisis started in 1992 in Zangon Kataf in Southern Kaduna when many herders were displaced from their settlements in Madakiya, Walijo, Kachia Marwa Zankuwa’a and Zengore in present day Zangon Kataf local government.
Few hours before the interview, some suspected Fulani militiamen broke the curfew imposed by the government and attacked three communities in Jema’a and Kaura local government areas of Kaduna State, killing at least nine persons.
The three communities attacked were Zikpak and Ungwan Masara (Fantsuam Chiefdom), both in Jema’a Local Government Area as well as Maraban Kagoro, in Kaura Local Government Area.
Eleven persons were reportedly said to have sustained varying degrees of injuries during the attack. Several houses were also reportedly razed during the attacks. At least 65 persons have been killed in the past one week in similar incident.
According to him, though some persons sponsored the killings of Fulani herders and promoted tribal and ethnic agenda then during the administration of late Governor Patrick Yakowa, “the unwarranted killing of innocent Nigerian is barbaric.”
Maikano appealed to government to ensure that “those behind the killings are arrested and punished without looking at their religious background because we have seen too much lose of lives.”
Adamu urged federal government to step in and effect the arrest of culprits sponsoring the killings by putting all the require measure to prevent further breakdown of law and order.