Says 808 Persons Killed, 57 Seriously Injured
*Calls For Object Probe, Prosecution Of Culprits
The Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar-led Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has condemned as unjust, heinous and dastard, the ongoing killings and destruction of properties in Southern Kaduna.
About 38 persons, including women and children were killed on the night of Monday, December 26, in separate attacks on two villages in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna state carried out simultaneously, according to the Council Chairman, Emmanuel Adamu.
Adamu said the gunmen unleashed mayhem on Ankpon Village in Nandu and Kabamu Village in Fadan Karshi, all of Numana district, of which “21 people were killed in Fadan Kashi while 17 killed in Nandu.”
In a statement on Sunday night by Ustaz Christian Isa Okonkwo, Director of Administration, NSCIA expressed grief, particularly “that as at the last count, no fewer than 808 lives of innocent Nigerians have been lost while nothing less than 57 Nigerians have suffered life-threatening injuries.”
These killings and maiming, the statement also added, “run contrary to fundamental Islamic law which ordains human life to be sacred and strongly forbids its unlawful destruction except for a just course.”
The NSCIA called on the Federal and Kaduna State Governments to urgently take measures to put a stop to this inhuman and barbarous state of anomie and thereafter proffer “lasting solutions to these recurrent acts of hatefulness and savagery in Southern Kaduna.
“We also wish to call on the Federal government to objectively investigate the matter and prosecute whoever that is found guilty irrespective of the person’s tribe, creed and, or social status.
“We urge all Nigerians to continue to promote justice, preach, teach and live in peace with one another. We enjoin all Nigerians not to allow themselves to be used by forces of evil some of which may hide behind tribal, political or even religious garbs in order to perpetrate these heinous acts. “United we stand.”
Leader of Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti has faulted the Federal Government’s seeming indifference to the carnage saying a state of emergency ought to have been declared in the area owing to the seeming complacency of the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
In a statement, he expressed grief “that the Federal Government has been quiet on these killings, relying on the governor of the state, who has openly confessed that he looked out for the killers to compensate them because they are of the same ethnic stock with him.
“A state of emergency ought to have been declared in Kaduna as the governor, by that claim, can no longer be trusted to perform his constitutional duty of protecting the lives and property of all citizens,” the statement added.
Afenifere said a statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina was even the more embarrassing, even amidst the official and conspiratorial silence on the killings “because (the President) cannot speak on every issue.
“How can the killings of citizens in hundreds be ‘every issue’? Has our President not sent messages to other countries, where tragedies of lesser proportion occurred?”
Senator Senator Laah, representing the area, was reported as saying: “As you can all recall, I have tried alongside with my colleagues at the National Assembly to seek intervention of both the state and the Federal governments to arrest the situation. Unfortunately, these actions were met with lukewarm reactions.
“I hope the presence of these large contingents of soldier, Police and Department of State Services, DSS, will lead to the arrest of culprits so that they can be brought to justice. These kinds of horrendous crimes must not go unpunished.”
Meanwhile, the Kaduna chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), whose members (herdsmen) were accused of masterminding the carnage, yesterday pleaded with both Southern Kaduna natives and its members to embrace reconciliation.