7-day- old baby survived wounds, Mother burnt to death: Southern Kaduna Killings

Josephine Francis, a nursing mother who gave birth to a baby girl seven days ago has died leaving the baby with fire wounds.
Her surviving husband and two of their school children also suffered from the fire wounds and cuts from their attackers.
After they were stabilised at the Kaura Hospital, the victims were referred to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Plateau state for ‘specialist management.’

7-Day-old baby that survived herdsmen attack in Zalan community, Southern Kaduna.
7-Day-old baby that survived herdsmen attack in Zalan community, Southern Kaduna.

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen militia stormed Zilan community in Kaura Local government area of Kaduna state on Monday morning, shooting indiscriminately, killing and burning houses.
The 7 day-old baby girl survived the attack even though she also suffered from the fire that raised down their houses.
Residents say the attackers shot sporadically at targets and burnt houses. The entire community was under siege. Families were scattered.
It was survival of the fittest, according to victims evacuated to Kaura Hospital, the only facility close to Zilan community.
Francis Andrew, the husband to the late nursing mother, Josephine- who died at the Kaura hospital, survived the carnage alongside his two school children.

The son and daughter sustained various injuries haven been matcheted. Francis lost his wife at about 9pm on Monday while also receiving treatment from various degrees of injuries he sustained from the fire set on their house by the terrorists.

Haven been stabilised at the Kaura hospital, both were transferred to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Plateau state, North Central Nigeria.

These are the tales of many families in the Southern part of Kaduna state North Western Nigeria that are facing systematic and consistent attacks from alleged Fulani herdsmen.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai had announced compensation to herdsmen last year to ‘stop’ the killings. He could not announced the amount given to the herdsmen despite pressure from the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union SOKAPU.

el-Rufai said he paid the herdsmen following recommendation from Gen Mathin Luther Agwai’s committee but Agwai, in an interview with Daily Trust on Sunday said there recommendation for compensation was not to one group. Agwai said it will be partial if the governor paid herdsmen and left out the local farmers.

In 2013 alone, over 150 people were killed in various attacks launched by the said Fulani Herdsmen on the Atakar chiefdom, forcing the prominent traditional ruler of the area to relocate.
The attacks later went underground until last year July when another round of attacks started, leading to the killing of over 800 people in Jema’a, Kaura, Kauru, Chikun, Sanga and Zangon Kataf Local governments, according to Catholic Arch Diocese of Kafanchan report obtained by Elanza News.
About 11 people were killed in Goska community on Christmas eve even when curfew was in force.

The Sunday attacks, Elanza News gathered that it took place in Bakin Kogi community, Jema’a LGA, not far from were the Christmas eve attack took place. On Monday morning, several attacks were also launched on Zilan and Ashim communities which caused another unrest in Kafanchan, leading to the killing of a Police traffic warden who was due for retirement. Other civilians were also killed. Dogara Danlami, a class room Teacher who was teaching behind the emir of Jama’a palace was also macheted but survived by the whisker.

According to the indigenous people of Southern Kaduna, the well armed fulani herdsmen numbering over 100 stormed the village on Sunday 19th, 2017, around 5:30pm and started shooting. The villagers who where busy enjoying their Sunday celebration, were taken aback as seven people were killed with two Police men who went to the communities to protect lives were also killed. “We also counted 47 houses that were burnt down with grains but couldn’t continue with the counting. Bakin Kogi is not really a site to behold with some good breath now,” Ezekiel Musa, a resident of the area said.

“The villages of Mifi, Ashim and Zilan in Takad Chiefdom were attacked simultaneously in the early hours of Monday the 20th of February 2017 at about 6:00 in the morning, shortly after the indigenes have finished their night patrol. “Various accounts from residents say four persons were killed in Mifi village with 1 car burnt. In Ashim, 10 persons were killed, 1 injured, many grains burnt and four cars burnt while in Zilan village, four persons were killed, 1 Catholic church burnt, many grains and houses were destroyed. Two persons were injured and one of them later died at night while receiving treatment at a hospital in Kaura,” he said. “55 houses were burnt in Ashim village while in Zilan village the number of houses burnt have not been taken because of the difficulty in assessing the terrain,” a resident said.

“Today Tuesday 21 February, the Fulani terrorists again attacked Manyi- Kali village, leaving two people death,” he said. The commissioner of Police in Kaduna state, Mr. Agyole Abeh, confirmed that he lost two of his men in the Sunday evening’s attack on Bakin Kogi village, in Jema’a LGA. The Police commissioner said he has relocated to Kafanchan the main town of the area to coordinate the police in ensuring peace and security.
The state government under Malam Nasir el-Rufai on Tuesday imposed a 24hour curfew in two local government of Jema’a and Kaura. But the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), an umbrella body that speak for the people of the area in a statement faulted the 24 hours curfew imposed on the two LGAs, saying that innocent natives have suffered both death and hunger than peace and security under such total curfew in the past.

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