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33 killed in fresh attack on Southern Kaduna

By Daniel Tyokua

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) on Friday, said 33 people have been killed in another attack last night by yet to be identified gunmen.

The union alleged that those killed were Atyap natives, where thousands of the natives are starving under a 24 hours curfew running to 64 days as at the time of filling this report.

In a statement released by Luka Binniyat, spokesperson of the union, said: “Last night, 33 Atyap natives, who were among hundreds of thousands of already starving indigenes under a 24 hours rigidly imposed curfew that was 65 days yesterday, were killed in five Atyap villages in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf LGA in Southern part of Kaduna state by Fulani militia.

“The villages affected are Apiashyim, Kibori, Apiako, Atakmawei and Magamiya. Prior to now, they were all shutdown with fierce armed military men patrolling and enforcing the 24 hours curfew”

It explained that the four Atyap youths from Majuju, and Kibori villages who went to farm under the curfew were arrested by soldiers after being thoroughly beaten and handed over to the Police who whisked them to SCID, Kaduna.

The statement said those arrested since 26th June, 2020, describing it as a brutality that have forced the people indoors for nearly two months.

According to the statement, Fulani herders have been allowed to go about with their activities.

” Fulani herders are wondering freely and grazing over large swaths of maize farms of our locked up farmers.

“Last night, around 11pm, trucks loads of armed Fulani militia made their way through military check points under the curfew and stormed Apiashyim and Kibori villages. They lay siege to Apyaishyim killing, looting and burning houses. In the wake of the incident, they left six people dead, and 20 houses burnt”

However, there was no response from the Kaduna State Police Command to the alleged killings as at the time of this report.

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