The State Police Command reportedly confirmed that suspected Fulani herdsmen have razed two villages in Kaduna,
The villages, near Godogodo town, Jema’a Local Government Area, LGA, of Kaduna state, were reportedly attacked by the suspected herdsmen between Monday and Tuesday, killing 11 persons.
The villages were, however, razed on Tuesday night August 2nd.
ASP Aliyu Usman, Kaduna State Police Spokesman, who confirmed the attack to newsmen, reportedly said the villages were partially burnt.
He said that the police had restored law and order in the affected communities.
The villages that were said to have been razed included Gada Biyu where the suspected herdsmen killed six men and three women, and Akwa’a.
Villagers from the affected villages claimed they had become homeless and were refugees in Godogodo, Gidan Waya, and neighbouring towns.
A community leader, whose name is withheld reportedly said the suspected Fulani herdsmen came back after the police and security operatives left the communities to burn the villages. Speaking, he said…
“About 1000 houses were in complete ruins, and the herdsmen said they were sitting on their Grazing Reserves and that we must quit our ancestral homelands.
When they came to Gada Biyu on Monday morning and killed people, they only burnt part of the village, before the police arrived.
At Akwa’a they could not burnt the place, because the Police allowed the native youths to join them in chasing out the herdsmen who were over a hundred and very armed. In the same way, Anguwan Anjo was saved”.
The source continued
“The Police were in Anguwan Anjul, but left later in the night. I can tell you sir, just as we suspected, the Fulani re-entered our villages and burnt them down. Fortunately, we have all left.
In Anguwan Anjul, where I come from, there about 1000 Houses there. Gada Biyu and Kwa’a are smaller villages but they have hundreds of houses there. All are in ruins now”.
“This is the height of the rainy season, and we cannot return home. He added. They have become much more violent since they were told that our lands are parts of the Sanga Grazing Reserves.”