THE Centre for Inclusive Governance and National Development, has blamed the federal government and Kaduna State for the ongoing killings in Southern Kaduna. The group accused the federal and state governments of providing an enabling terrain for Fulani to take over southern Kaduna and other parts of northern Christian communities.
In a comprehensive report made available to the media, the group alleged that the composition of heads of security agencies in the state is designed to take over Southern Kaduna. It noted that eight heads of security agents in the state are Fulani Muslims, starting with Governor Nasir el-Rufai of the state down to Garba Rimi, corps marshal, Kaduna State Traffic and Environmental Law Enforcement Agency, KASTELEA.
“Kaduna state is known to have a large population of Christians, who are dominant in at least 10 local governments out of the 23 local governments. But a state which has eight heads of security offices saddled with the responsibility of securing lives and properties, however, deliberately selected to be Muslims with no Christian. The selected army and other security agencies are being used to constantly search the houses of natives confiscating as low as kitchen knives.
“These exercises are being carried out few weeks or months before attacks. On 24th April, 2017, the Nigerian Army embarked on cordon-and-search of Gwaska, Bakin Kogi and Ungwan far prior to the attackers that claimed the lives and properties of the communities. It also appears that there are some security personnel on ground, who serves as informant. They are instructed to gather intelligence, organise and facilitate the movement of terrorists to attacking points, give them cover to escape and preventing the natives from apprehending them.
“Other plans to take over southern Kaduna lands includes; using the instrumentality of government to abolish traditional chiefdoms of the Southern Kaduna natives, forcefully establishing Islamic emirates and grazing reserves on natives’ lands. For instance, Governor El-Rufai requested for grazing lands from southern Kaduna chiefs/natives exclusively for the benefit of Fulani terrorists.
“The then Agwa Adara, Late Maiwada Raphael Galadima was one of the chiefs that declined the request from the governor. (Note that Adara chiefdom has the largest and most fertile soil in Kaduna state for all kinds of agricultural practices and the Adara people are primarily farmers). Adara chiefdom spans and covers four local government areas, including parts of Niger state. These local governments include; Kachia, Kajuru, Chikun and Kagarko and his royal highness palace is located in Kachia.
“Agwa Adara, after meeting with the governor in Kaduna and on his way back to his palace at Kachia, his royal highness’ convoy was ambushed, his police orderly and other palace staffs were killed on the spot, the king was kidnapped by Fulani terrorists alongside his wife, but she was released the next day because she could not walk into the bush. The king was killed a week later even after payment was made of the requested ransom.
“Adara youths requested for military backup to search the bush and rescue the king, but the security agency declined their request stating that the youth shouldn’t teach them their job. Certain group of people was paraded by the police at different points in time on national televisions as the killers of the late Agwam Adara, but none was charged to court.
“Two weeks after the murder of the paramount king, El-Rufai announced the abolishment of the Adara kingdom and proposed the establishment of Kajuru emirate. Council members of the kingdom protested and took the matter to court.
But, Governor El-Rufai instructed the police to arrest the council members and put them in jail without bail or trial for over 100 days. This was carried out by the commissioner of police of Kaduna State. It is worthwhile to mention that these are all men are within the ages of 50 to 70 years.
“The arrested council elders were treated with so much cruelty while in prison with special instruction given to keep them in the unroofed part of the prison where they would be exposed to various ailments and eventually die when released from prison,” it said.
The Centre also accused Governor El-Rufai of planning to establish emirates in Kachia, Chikun, Zangon Kataf, Kauru and Sanga. It noted that during the local government elections which took place in 2018, the governor refused to accept and allow the outcome of the results in areas he had intension to confiscate lands.
“El-Rufai in connivance with the state judiciary installed his stooges in local government such as Kajuru and Chikun. The aim is to deny the people from having Local Government chairmen that will govern according to the wishes and aspiration of the people of the affected local government.
“As a result, innocent men, women and children are being killed in different communities across southern Kaduna. The purpose is to create panic, fear and sense of conflict so as to give the world the impression that Southern Kaduna is in crisis (that the Southern Kaduna people are attacking the Fulanis) and to resolve this, their land need to be given to the Fulanis in the disguise that it is in a bid to foster peace in those areas.
“As the case is in most parts of Nigeria, the Fulani terrorists started attacking, kidnapping and displacing the natives from one hamlet to another with the full backing of President Buhari and Governor El-Rufai. Each time the Fulanis attack the natives, they make phone calls demanding for their land. The faces of the terrorists have never been known and yet El-Rufai constantly act as the spokesman of the terrorists.
“After the attack, killing of innocent lives and the destruction of properties of the natives of Southern Kaduna in their hometowns, the State and Federal government would always shield the terrorists by constantly changing the narrative, calling the genocide a reprisal. This can be confirmed by the press statement released by the Presidency on 21st of July, 2020 and the governor has claimed publicly to have compensated the attackers (Fulanis) so that they will stop the killings.
“El-Rufai established a commission of inquiries to find out the causes of violence in 3 Local Government Areas where his unlawful and forceful acquisition of land antennas are most active, namely: Chikun LGA (chaired by a caretaker Muslim and Non-indigene woman). Kajuru LGA stolen mandate.
“Zangon Kataf Local Government where El-Rufai mandated a committee to produce a white paper that will help him usurp the land of the local and hand over to the Fulanis. The commission was given hidden term of reference of which one of it is to claim that apportioning a grazing area for the Fulanis is the most appropriate solution to address the ongoing killings of natives in southern Kaduna,” it said.
– Aug. 5, 2020 @ 14:12 GMT |