How Foreign Mercenaries Killed 126 Persons In Four Katsina Villages – Senator
Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Abu Ibrahim yesterday gave graphic details of how 126 persons were killed in four Katsina villages by insurgents suspected to be foreign mercenaries who invaded the affected villages on motorcycles firing gunshots in the overnight attack.
The Senator who revealed that preliminary investigations had so far shown that the insurgents were camped in a Federal Forest Reserve in Katsina South senatorial district which shares same border with Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi and some parts of Niger State, also gave a breakdown of the killings which show that in Mararrabar Maigora, 57 people were shot dead; in Mai Gora-40; in Layin Galadima-21 and in Unguwar Doka, eight people were shot dead. Senator Ibrahim said it is embarrassing that insurgents from Mali, Libya, Niger, Chad can enter Nigeria and kill Nigerians at will.
According to the lawmaker who represents the area in the Senate: “On Thursday morning, I got information of what was going on in my constituency of Katsina South senatorial district; mainly in two local governments; Faskari and Sabuwa local governments. This thing happened when President Goodluck Jonathan was on a state visit to Katsina and he was not even aware. They were holding gala night when people were being killed. It’s an unfortunate situation but that’s the truth.
“On getting the information, I quickly called the Area Commander and the two District Heads who relayed what happened. It’s been an issue that’s been going on for a very long time. There’s a chunk of Federal Forest Reserve which covers Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi up to some parts of Niger. The locals claimed that the forest reserve had been taken over by hoodlums. Originally, people thought they were cattle rustlers or Fulani herdsmen who had been part of the society, for years, even for hundreds of years.
“Skirmishes between farmers in the local villages and Fulani herdsmen has been a known phenomena but this situation was completely different. The forest has been taken over by these people; the villagers even claimed that the Fulani herdsmen have been pushed away and this time, and at the same time, cattle rustling became a very serious issue.
“All the farmers in the area who own cattle have lost them, they’ve been stolen and some killings have taken place; this had devastated some parts of the state. It has particularly devastated Birnin Gwari area, the skirmishes have been very serious in the two local governments I mentioned earlier. It spread to Kaduna State and even in Zamfara State where many people were killed.
“I was there personally, visited them at the weekend, between Saturday and Sunday when this incident took place. I visited all the villages where these killings took place and from the records I got from them, in Mararrabar Maigora, 57 people were shot dead, in Mai Gora-40, in Layin Galadima-21 and in Unguwar Doka, eight people were shot dead.
“I interviewed the village heads and asked them what really happened and I was told that these people came on motor cycles, armed with Ak-47 rifles and started shooting people. There were claims that in one village, they resisted the armed robbery of their cattle and they killed one or two people which precipitates this attack. The reprisal attacks occurred with over 50 motor cyclists, killing from one village to another and what particularly shocked me was that most of the affected villages have been sacked”
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