Death toll in Kaduna communal clash rises to 28

KAFANCHAN  — Death toll from  last Saturday’s attack on some Atakad Community, in Atakad Chiefdom of Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, has risen to 28.

The Chief of Atakad Chiefdom, Chief Tobias  Nkom Wada, made the disclosure to members of the House of Representatives from Southern Kaduna, Wednesday, in Tachire village, where he is taking refuge.

The chief said the suspected Fulani herdsmen who carried out the killings and sacking of four villages had fully occupied the villages high up to the Atakad mountain.

Meantime, the refugee figures has risen to 10,000, from 5,000 since last Saturday, said the National President of Atakad Community Development Association, Mr Ishaya Kudien, in one of the refugee camps.

Chairman of Kaura Local Government Area, Mr. Kumai Badang, had quoted 19 as the number killed last Saturday in the affected villages of Mafan, Zalang, Taliki and Zangkan villages that formed part of the Kagoro hills, about 300 kilometres, south-east of Kaduna, the capital of Kaduna  State

Wada told the five  Representatives, led by Hon. Godfrey Gaya (Jaba/Zangon Kataf Federal Constituency) that he was shocked about the violence, because the Fulani were not provoked.

Addressing the refugees at the ModelPrimary School in Fadan Atakad, Hon. Godfrey Gaya, said: “We have come here to tell you that any pain on any member of southern Kaduna is a pain on all. We have come here as one. We know how dignified, respectable and gentle the Atakad people are.

For you to be reduced to destitute to live in primary  schools, after losing your loved ones and fortunes, is indeed sad, and we grief with you.”

Other members of the Rep from Southern Kaduna were: Hon. Gideon L. Gwani (Kaura Federal Constituency), Hon. Adams Jagaba Adams (Kachia/Kagarko Constituency),   Hon. Simon Arabo (Kauru Federal Constituency) and  Hon. Shehu N. Garba ( Jema’a/Sanga Constituency)


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