Due to the continued violence in southern Kaduna which has led to the destruction of lives and properties, an interim caretaker committee has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Kafanchan town as protesters took over the town following the incessant unrest.
According to Leadership, the curfew which was imposed by the chairman of Jema’a local government area in the state, Dr. Bege Katuka, is to forestall a breakdown of law and order in the area.
The report says that hundreds of youths, women and children took to the streets in the morning of Monday, 19 December 2016 to protest the continued attacks and killing of residents by suspected herdsmen.
Kafanchan, the commercial nerve-centre of southern Kaduna, is the headquarters of Jema’a local government area.
Southern Kaduna had over time witnessed persistent killings with the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, recently revealing that he paid some Fulani herdsmen to forestall peace, a disclosure that resulted in heavy criticisms from many people including Danjuma Tella La’ah, PDP senator representing Kaduna South Senatorial Zone.
Danjuma described the comment as a reckless disregard for the plight of 19 affected communities and also faulted the threat by the state government to arrest and prosecute those who are calling on the people of southern Kaduna to defend themselves since government has failed in that responsibility, saying that he (La’ah) should be the first to be arrested as he has also suggested same.
In a swift reaction, the governor refuted the statement, saying he never said he paid Fulani herdsmen to stop the killings but was only trying to implement a white paper report by late governor Ibrahim Yakowa, which suggested compensation of cattle that were killed during the 2011 post-election crisis.
El-Rufai clarified that he had resuscitated the former governor’s initiative, by persuading aggrieved Fulanis to forgive the losses which they had suffered in the 2011 post-election violence, and that some of them responded by asking for compensation for their loss of cattle.