According to reports by the Nation, at least twenty people have been killed by suspected Fulani Herdsmen in Ungwan Aku Village, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
It was reported that those who attacked the community appeared in military uniform around 7pm on Monday. The arned men allegedly wielded machetes and AK-47, and shot sporadically.
An eye-witness, who spoke to the Nation, said “As they shot sporadically, some of us escaped to the bush. The attackers were in military uniforms and bullet proof vest.”
The former President of the Adara Development Association also confirmed the killings.
Several people have been reported injured, suffering various degrees of injuries from gunshots.
According to the source, “The attackers stormed the village and started shooting indiscriminately. We all started running to the bush. As we were running, they were also pursuing us as we ran to the bush, some people were killed in the bush.
”Some of them were wearing military uniforms with bulletproof vests and they were speaking in Fulani language. I saw them from where I was hiding” he said.
The eye-witness also reported that the police came with 8-Hilux vans but could not go into the bush to fish out the attackers.
“The police came in eight Hilux vehicles, but instead of pursuing the bandits who ran to the bushes, they just turned back”. He said.
According to the eye-witness, the people of the community had been made aware of the impending attack for weeks.
“We had thought that the government would have taken the speculations seriously and be proactive, but they didn’t take it seriously and this had led to the killing of more of our people. It is rather very unfortunate”. He said.
A former President of the Adara Development Association (ADA), Danladi Yarima, confirmed the killings in a telephone interview, describing it as unfortunate.
He condemned the killings and accused the state government of bias in handling the crisis.
The incessant killings in Kajuru communities started in February 10, 2019 when Fulani herdsmen allegedly attacked Anguwan Barde, an Adara community in the night and killed eleven people.
The Adara were alleged to have embarked on reprisal attacks, killing many Fulani.