After killing 11 persons, and burning down two villages in Godogodo Chiefdom, Jema’a Local Government Area, in Southern part of Kaduna State, penultimate week, the same alleged armed herdsmen killed six farmers last Saturday in Godogodo, Elanza News gathered. The villagers claimed that the armed herdsmen that attacked their communities said the area have become cattle grazing reserves and wanted them to vacate the immediately. Kaduna State Police Spokesman, ASP, Aliyu Usman, told Journalists that some people have been arrested in connection with the killing of six people in Godogodo. However, the Chairman, Kaduna State Chapter of Miyetti Ahallah, Dr. Haruna Usman said that the herdsmen were not, “crazy like that” to just kill someone.
He said that his members were on vengeance mission, after one of their leaders was killed sometimes back in one of the villages. A village elder from Godogodo and family of the deceased gave the names of the victims as: Monday Hamza, 24, married with 3 children; Toma Masara 35, married with 3 Children and Chaka (Waje) Rubutu 26 years who is also married with 4 children. They said that the body of Chaka was still missing as at the time of filling this report. Others killed includes: Linus (Golkofa) 20, married with 2 children; Julius (Golkofa) 19, married with a child ; Boboo Okocha 18 years and Sambo (Golkofa) 17. “Godogodo is full to the brim with displace persons who have fled their villages seeking for safety to the bigger village close by an expressway and has better security. I can assure you that there is no day that someone is not killed by Fulani men around here,” an elder in the community said. “After the attack, they would cut down all the crops or herd in their cattle to eat the growing crops.
There will be hunger this year in these villages. What they are saying is our villages are now cattle grazing reserves and they want everybody out.” “Last Saturday, these young men that were killed went out as a group to their farms with a few others. We were told that armed Fulani men had attacked them on their farms, and a few escaped, some with bullet wounds. A search party on Sunday found them ridden with bullets and machetes’ cuts and they were all dead.” “The Police have taken their corpse to Kafanchan mortuary,” he said. Kaduna State Police Spokesmen, ASP Aliyu Usman, said: “Yes it is true that some people were killed in Godogodo on Saturday. There is tension in the place now, but we have deployed our men to all affected areas and we are on top of the situation. We have made some arrests and the suspects are being investigated at our Kafanchan Division.”
“We want to advise residents of these areas to be cautions of where they go to. They should also report all suspicious movement to the police,” he said.
Also, Dr. Haruna Usman of Miyetti Allah said: “Are Fulani crazy to just go an attack people,” he queried, “did you ask the Godogodo people what they did to the Fulani?
“We already have 17 grazing reserves in Kaduna state since colonial times, and there is no dispute about that. We already have them. What happened was that these people went and killed a Fulani Chief in one of the villages and burnt his house. The Fulani are just revenging,” he said.
Source: Elanza News