Relative calm has been restored to villages in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where 33 people died in clashes between villagers and Fulani, Police source has said.
A total of 27 Fulani people living in the area were allegedly killed by the villagers in two separate attacks, while six native villagers died, the police said today in Kaduna.
Mr Agyole Abeh, the Commissioner of Police of the state command, said at a press briefing that the incident started on July 11, when some villagers attacked a Fulani boy and his father.
He said that the death of the boy later in a hospital prompted some Fulani youth to attack the village where those, who allegedly killed the boy, hailed from, and in the process, six villagers died.
“The youths from the area immediately mobilised and went into the bush and allegedly attacked the Fulani, killing, maiming and burning any Fulani settlement within their sight.
“The police were contacted, and immediately mobilised and went to the scene, but the youths had already fled into the surrounding bushes, leaving behind a death toll of 26 Fulanis, which are mostly women and children. The injured were also recovered and taken to hospital where they are receiving treatment.
“Calm has been restored to the area, and a joint police/military presence has been beefed up in the area to bring about lasting peace and restore confidence in the people of the community.”
The commissioner assured that the police would arrest and prosecute “those responsible for this dastardly and callous act.”
Abeh berated a section of the media for erroneous report of the incident and advised practitioners to always authenticate their facts before going public, so as not to misinform and further escalate such clashes.
The command also paraded 57 suspected criminals arrested for alleged rape, armed robbery and illegal possession of fire arms, kidnappings, cattle rustling, and theft. The commissioner said six cars, arms and ammunition were recovered from the suspects as the investigation continues.