No fewer than 37 persons have been killed and several others injured in a fresh round of violence that ensued between farmers and herders in Kajuru, Kajuru local government of Kaduna State.
Kajuru is about 50 kilometers away from Kaduna town.
The violence started on Sunday after some Fulani youths reportedly invaded a village at Ungwan Uka to avenge the killing of a certain Fulani herdsman said to have been attacked and killed some days back by some Kadara youths at a farm at Banono village.
One of the Kadara youths told newsmen that the Fulani man that was killed was a known bandit who has been harassing the people of the area and was killed by a mob while trying to escape.
“The Chief of kajuru even called them and spoke with them but we were surprised that in the early hours of Sunday morning, they came and carried out the attack,” he stated.
“These are the ones whose bodies have been recovered, as I’m talking with you, we don’t know the actual number of casualties as our people are scattered all over running for dear lives,” he stated.
A Kadara Youth, told newsmen that the youths have been restive following the attacks but said efforts have been on by their elders to calm the nerves of the restive youths as there is tension in the area.
“We’ve been hearing of several attacks but when I called people in some of the communities, they say they’re not true,” he said, but added that no less than 10 persons including a seven month old baby died in the attack.
Meanwhile, the acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yakubu Sabo said the police is aware of a misunderstanding among some individuals in the community which later led to a clash when some people took the laws into their hands.
According to ASP Sabo, “not only the police but the joint patrol comprising the police and army are still there and situation has been brought under control.”
“I spoke with them this afternoon and they confirmed to me they’re still there, there is no way this type of thing will happen and we will just withdraw like that,” he said.