A 24 hours curfew has been imposed in the entire Jena’a local
government council of Kaduna State following the killing of over 20 persons including security personnel in Godogodo chiefdom by alleged herdsmen.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the herdsmen who have taken control of the Godogodo chiefdom, had since Saturday 6 pm, attacked a military outpost advanced to other villages and killed about 20 people, burnt several houses in the area.
The operations of the herdsmen who were heavily armed was said to have heightened tension between the Christian community and the
Hausa/Fulani Muslims in Kafanchan, the headquarters of the local
government thereby forcing the council to impose the 24-hours curfew.
The Interim Management Committee Chairman, of Jema’a council Area, Dr. Bege Katuka who announced the curfew, advised residents to remain indoor pending when the situation would be put under control.
Kafanchan is the Headquarters of Jema’a LGA, about 250 km South of Kaduna metropolis and also the commercial and socio-political hub of Southern Kaduna.
Godogodo, headquarters of Godogodo Chiefdom, of which alleged herdsmen have killed scores from its adjoining villages forcing the eviction of nine communities since July this year.
A survivor, Mr. Zamani Andy told our correspondent that the herdsmen had been under invasion by the armed men for two days with a substantial part of the town razed; women and children killed in the inferno.
“Some who tried to escape where shot or cut down with machete, the Herdsmen have taken over the chiefdom, the Chief is on exile, nobody know is where about as speak with you,” he said.
Another local community leader who escapes by whisky narrated that “last Saturday, around 6pm, we heard gunshots from around Anguwan Ninzon area. As people were running, women and children screaming. I saw many Fulani men carrying heavy guns and just shooting at people.
Some houses were set on fire with people inside. If I tell you how I
managed to escaped, I will say I’m lying. I just followed some old men and we ran through a bush path with shootings going on all over the town. Some were shot, but many of us escaped.”
The Kaduna State Police Spokesman, ASP Aliyu Usman affirmed the
violence, saying at least two policemen had been killed in an earlier
raid near Gogogodo last Friday; and that a police formation was
attacked in Godogodo before the invaders faced the town last Saturday evening.
He said that Kaduna State Police Commissioner had deployed more units of Mobile and conventional policemen to the place for more