SOUTHERN KADUNA KILLINGS | NEMA reports 204 casualties, Catholic Church reports 808

The National Emer-gency Management Agen-cy, NEMA, a govern-ment agency confirmed yesterday that the crisis in Southern Kaduna between Fulani herds-men and the natives which has lasted months claimed 204 lives.

 
The Catholic Church in its report however put the casualty figure at 808 as of December 2016, a figure that was disputed by the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris who did not give a contrary number. The Catholic Church also said 1,422 houses, 16 Churches, 19 shops, and one primary school were destroyed.

 
This is just as former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubkar led members of the National Peace Committee to a meeting with Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state yesterday in what he said was a search for a sustainable solution to the protracted violence in Southern Kaduna.

 
NEMA North West zonal Coordinator, Musa Ilella told online medium, Premium Times that the figure was for two Local Government Areas affected by the crisis, namely Kafanchan and Chikun LGAs and covers October, November and December, 2016 and early January, 2017.
A survivor from the early morning attack
According to him,”four districts in Kafanchan LGA namely: Linte,Goska,Dangoma and Kafanchan town recorded 194 deaths. Chikun LGA on the other hand recorded about 10 deaths, making a total of 204 so far,” he said adding that there was no record of any injured victim in the hospital.

 
Governor Nasir El Rufai had said the attackers were foreign Fulani herdsmen, who were avenging past attacks on them and their livestock.

 
The state and federal governments have been accused of not doing enough to end the bloodshed.

 
The presidency announced last week the deployment of anti-riot police and soldiers to the area.

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