As the Nigeria Police parade seventeen alleged suspects involved in southern Kaduna incessant massacre, it was revealed that the Governor of the state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai had paid some group of violent, aggrieved Fulanis supposed to be the killers in the state, to stop the killings of Southern Kaduna natives.
This was reported by Vanguard along with the news that some suspected Fulani bandits have been captured by the security operatives in the state.
Through his Twitter page, El Rufai informed that the police implicated the suspected killers to be the Fulani herdsmen and natives of Southern Kaduna and were presented to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, February 2. According to the police spokesman, Jimoh Moshood who confirmed the arrest, 29 assorted firearms were recovered from the bandits.
The names of the suspects were also released to the press and they include:
- Magaji Shuaib
- Abdulkareem Abdul
- Goma Adamu
- Danlami Yakubu
- Danjuma Barde
- Idris Bello
- Samuel Joshua
- Haruna Iliyasu
- Hassan Idris
- Adamu Haruna
- Suleiman Saleh
- Adamu Umar
- Abubakar Muhammadu
- Muhammadu Jori
- Nelson Paul
- Bulus Jatau and
- Danjuma Barde
It was alleged that in December last year, Kaduna government paid these “violent, aggrieved Fulanis” killers to stop the killings of southern Kaduna natives and destruction of their communities, but consequently, it seemed the move by the state government to abate the crime, escalated to more killings by suspected Fulani bandits. Hence, the sought for a lasting solution to the crisis.
In reaction to the Kaduna crisis, the Presidency released a statement via the Senior Special Assistant, SSA, to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, assuring Nigerians especially those directly affected, of its dedication towards ending the homicide.
“The Government has intensified a lot of activities. As we speak now, there are ongoing efforts to establish two military battalions: one in Karsha and one in Zango-Kataf, and there is military surveillance undertaken by the air force.
“The army has moved and Mobile Police squadrons have been put in place. So, a lot of effort is being made. The humanitarian situation is also being looked at. The Federal Government, through NEMA, is working with Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency in order to bring relief to displaced persons.”
The Southern Kaduna crisis have caused a death toll of more 700 people and displacement of thousands who fled their homes in fear of the brutal murders of innocent citizens; old, young and children alike – especially in the Christian communities.
This had spurred controversy across the nation sparking outrage by Church leaders who call on all Christians, especial those in attack prone areas to defend themselves against religious related killings.
However, to make true their promise to bring those involved in the killing to justice, Kaduna state government said other suspects along with the 17 Fulanis that are already in police custody, are currently under Investigation and all will be arraigned in court, soon.