Fulani Herdsmen Claim Responsibility For Kaduna Village Killings
The weekend attack on Dogon Dawa village, Kaduna state where 24 persons were killed was carried out by fulani herdsmen to revenge the treatment meted out to them by the vigilante group in the village. This was the confession of a leader of the herdsmen who was paraded along with other suspects at the state police command headquarters today.
One of the fulani leaders whose names were not disclosed for security reasons tried to justify the killing of the villagers claiming “the Fulani people have been accused severally of committing all kinds of atrocities by the Vigilante group, especially now that, Fulani people are now returning from long time grazing from places like Kwara, Niger and Kogi State.
“And in Birnin/Gwari, there have been problems of robbery and all sort of vices, such as armed robbery and cow theft. It was on that basis that the community established the vigilante group to ensure crime-free community. It is this vigilante group that is now killing our people who go about their lawful businesses accusing them of robbery.
“The vigilante group of Dogon Dawa indiscriminately kill our men calling them armed robbers, they also steal our cattles, so our men carry out a revenge on them.”
In his own narration of what happened during the attack, an assistant superintendent of police, Musa Ashero, the officer in charge of Kuyello police outpost, who has been accused by villagers of leading the attackers blamed lack of fuel in his men’s operation vehicle for their inability to repel the attack.
Speaking at the briefing called by the state police commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, the accused police officer said: “I have served the police for about 32 years and about to retire, so why will I engage in an activity that will tarnish my image and efforts put into the police force for these years?
“When the vigilante group arrested the four alleged armed robbers, I made efforts to retrieve the men into the police custody so that we can interrogate them properly, the vigilante group resisted my efforts and veheminently took them to Dogon Dawa village, where they over powered our efforts.
“When the attack started on Sunday, I informed the Divisional Police Officer of the local government (Birnin Gwari) CSP Abu Birchi Abubakar who immediately called the mobile police to rush to the scene, but they said, they had no fuel in their car, so I gave them personal N2000 to buy fuel, but getting close to the village, they said the firing (gunshot) was too much so they had to stay back.”
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