Youths protest Southern Kaduna massacre, seek urgent interventions
Aug.8, 2020 – Hundreds of Youths on Saturday gathered at the Refinery Junction to protest the incessant killings in Southern Kaduna, demanding for urgent interventions to stop the massacre.
The Humanitarian Post reports that Kajaru and Zango Kataf Local Government Areas in Kaduna South have been under repeated attacks lately by alleged Fulani herders and armed bandits.
Describing the incident as unfortunate, Mr Nasiru Jagaba, National Youth Leader, Middle Belt Forum, who led the protest alleged a conspiracy in the ongoing killings.
Jagaba, said it was sad and worrisome to note that the people were being killed even with the presence of security personnel deployed to maintain peace in the area.
According to him, the youths were embarking on the protest to bring to public knowledge and the International Community the ongoing killings in the southern part of Kaduna state.
“We want the public and the international community to know the systematic attacks on southern Kaduna communities in spite of the curfew imposed in the area by the state government.
“There were series of attacks in recent times with huge a number of deaths being recorded, but up to now there has not been any arrest.
“Only the victims are being arrested instead of the attackers, who find their way into the area … and carry out their barbaric acts unchallenged,” Jagaba said.
Jagaba also called on the government to take decisive steps to stop the killings to prevent a situation that could lead to total breakdown of law and order.
He dismissed reports making the rounds about the killings being reprisal, alleging that the attackers were “mercenaries hired” to cause trouble in the area.
“The government had imposed curfew in the areas under attack, thereby preventing people from going to their farms and keeping them in their houses only for the attackers to return and continue killing people freely unchallenged.
“Currently our farms have become empty … while we were locked in our houses in the name of curfew. Where is the justice?,” he said.
The protesters were however were dispersed by mobile policemen , led by the Divisional Police Officer, Sabon Tasha, Paul Timbushi drafted to the area to maintain peace.
The heavily armed security personnel, who arrived in no fewer than 15 vehicles, storm the area and began to confiscate placards from the protesters in a bid to stop the protest.
Three of the protesting youths reportedly arrested were later released on the agreement that the protest would be discontinued once they were released.
It took several hours before the protesters were dispersed while the security officials remained on ground to ensure that the youth did not reconvene.
In Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, human rights activist, Mrs Hauwa Dogara,condemned the incessant killings and destruction of properties in various communities in Southern Kaduna by armed men.
Dogara made the call on Saturday during a peaceful protest at the Unity Fountain , Abuja, by youths from southern Kaduna.
She called for more conscious security backing to stop the killings.
“We call on the Nigerian Police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of incessant killings and wanton destruction of properties in various communities are brought to book,” she said