By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), has called on the United Nations, Amnesty International, the International Criminal Court, European Union Commission and all international and national bodies that matter to rescue the area from incessant attacks by suspected Fulani militias.
The union also called on the federal government to urgently deploy the same military might it is wielding in Sokoto and Katsina States to fight bandits in Southern Kaduna.
SOKAPU, through its National Publicity Secretary, Luka Binniyat in a statement following the public outcry from the Adara people in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, said its officials went to a public primary school in Rimau, where hundreds of IDPs have taken refuge.
According to the villagers, the statement explained that Fulani residents of the communities became hosts to strange Fulani who rode in on scores of motorbikes on the 18th of May, saying that in spite of assurances by the local Fulani to their long time Adara hosts, that the unfriendly looking guests meant no harm to them, it turned to be a ruse.
The statement explained that prior to the attack, one helicopter hovered over the villages at very low altitude, many on sighting such helicopter meant death as interpreted by their kinsmen from other parts who had suffered killings in 2019. As a result, some villagers started moving out their children, wives and the old.
It added that in the evening of 19th May, 2020, all hell broke loose, pointing out that from village to village the Fulani started shooting, burning homes, churches, foodstuffs and killings.
“The invaders looted valuables and rustled livestock, saying that between the 19th to the 21st of May 2020, in spite of desperate SOS calls to relevant authorities for assistance, not a single police, military personnel, SSS, Civil Defence or any government official came,” the statement explained.
According to the statement, the villagers said those who braved it to return to their villagers after the attacks to find out the situation of things, said there were at least 30 decomposing corpses strewn about the villages, with Fulani invaders still patrolling the villages.
It explained that the villagers said that more must have died either of gunshots wounds, or from fatal injuries from matchete cuts, saying that as at 30th May, 2020, there were not less than 60 villagers that had been missing since 19hth May, 2020 when the onslaught started.
SOKAPU said that currently there are five (5) IDP centres in the villages, with the biggest being in Kallah town, pointing out that so far, not less that 50,000 Adara natives have been displaced in Kajuru local government area since last year.
The statement alleged that the invaders came from a neighbouring Fulani settlement that locals call “Tampol” which is Ladduga grazing reserves.
Another area the invaders were suspected to have come from is the name of one Fulani ardo, who the natives gave his name as ardo Makawo of Libere communty, alleging that he is said to have networked the invasions with the attackers.
SOKAPU alleged that of all the destruction carried out on the Adara nation since last year, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has not condemned the carnage nor assisted the displaced natives with any palliatives.
“These are some of the reasons that SOKAPU is insisting that the unrelenting violence visited on the Adara nation in Kajuru LGA, and other affected Southern Kaduna communities have all the elements of ethnic cleansing” the statement alleged.