Armed herdsmen kill 20 in Kaduna communities

Armed herdsmen kill 20 in Kaduna communities

- Armed herdsmen continue to cause havoc in local communities in Kaduna state

- 20 people have been killed by the attackers, while some people are still missing

- The herdsmen also returned to attack the villagers during the mass burial of those previously killed

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A report by ThisDay indicates that twenty people have been killed by suspected herdsmen in Chibuak and Kigudu II communities in Kauru local government area of Kaduna state.

According to the report, apart from those killed in the two communities, some of the villagers are still missing.

The two villages were said to have been attacked consecutively, on Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10 at midnight.

The attackers also attacked Kigudu II again on Saturday, July 11 when the villagers were preparing for a mass burial for some of the victims.

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Armed herdsmen kill 20 in Kaduna communities

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The attackers were, however, repelled by security personnel and the burial was quickly done without the usual burial rites.

A Catholic priest, Reverend Aaron Tanko, who oversees the two communities, confirmed that 20 people were killed while some others were still missing.

He said in Chibuak village, nine people were killed while 11 were killed in Kigudu II.

The cleric said: “There are villages where people cannot even go to their farms for fear of being killed by herdsmen. We appeal to the government to address these incessant attacks on our communities and killings by herdsmen.”

Armed herdsmen in Nigeria continue ransacking indigenous communities in northern Nigeria, causing havoc by killing locals.

Experts say the solution to the menace is for the locals to police their own domains, as the government has failed to protect them.

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Hardeep Singh Kohli, a British wrote in the UK Spectator in June 2020: “Attacks by armed groups of Fulani herdsmen have resulted in the killing, maiming, dispossession and eviction of thousands of Christians.

“The level of violence poses important questions, not least whether what is happening in Nigeria can be described as an ‘unfolding genocide’.

“The British government must do all in its power to work with its Nigerian counterparts to tackle the violence before it’s too late.”

Meanwhile, a group, Igbo National Congress (INC) has launched a regional security network for the protection of the south-east forests and farmlands.

The INC says the network was set-up to prevent the murder and maiming of local Igbo farmers by marauding armed herdsmen.

The group also disclosed that the security outfit will be called ‘Operation Lion Walk.’

INC national president Godsent Chilos unveiled the security network on Monday, June 15 during a press briefing.

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