It was brutal and riotous in Kaduna on Monday, October 17, when some bus passengers – Fulani herdsmen, returning from Plateau state were massacred and burnt beyond recognition by an angry mob.
The ATF interviewed an eyewitness, a commercial bus driver Adamu Aliyu, who confirmed the incident and he said 14 people were killed in the rampage. He said:
“I was returning from Plateau state with eight passengers, all of them Fulani herders. My bus broke down in Kaduna state, so I left it to go search for a mechanic.
“While I was away a mob surrounded the vehicle and forcibly brought out the eight passengers. They massacred them, dumped them in the vehicle and set it ablaze.
“Another vehicle was also attacked when it stopped to refuel and all the six people were burnt to death along with the car.”
According to Aliyu, a riot broke out in the streets, with soldiers and police finally intervening to contain the carnage.
“When the situation calmed I returned to my vehicle and found its burnt carcass with charred remains of the passengers.”
Speaking further on the circumstance surrounding the mass murder, Jema’a local government chairman, Bege Katuka said the area had been thrown into chaos with indiscriminate shooting the night before.
Katuka said it all started on Saturday when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Godogodo. He narrated:
“On Saturday, suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Godogodo and opened indiscriminate fire on residents. The following day, youths in the area mobilised and blocked the highway, vandalising vehicles and attacking motorists.”
And so the long-running battle between the nomadic Fulani herdsmen and farmers for land continues the ensue, causing blood flow and quests for revenge.
Clashes over grazing rights are common between Muslim Fulani herdsmen and largely Christian farmers in Nigeria, particularly in the religiously mixed central states, are no less violent than the northeastern Boko Haram insurgency or the Niger delta uprising in the south.