Southern Kaduna: MURIC raises alarm over alleged killing of Fulani, Muslims in fresh attacks

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    Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has condemned what it
    described as the guerilla-style of killing of Muslims and
    Fulanis in Zangon Kataf of Kaduna State.
    According to MURIC, the killings which happened on 8th and
    9th September, 2020, were in violation of the peace pact of
    22nd August, 2020.
    MURIC’s position was contained in a statement issued to
    OMSNEWS on Monday, 14th September, 2020 and signed by
    its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
    The statement reads:
    “Christian youths of Zangon Kataf have violated the 22nd
    August, 2020 peace pact initiated by the Agwa Atyap, Sir
    Dominic Gambo Yahaya between the Atyap and Hausa/Fulani.
    The breach occurred on Tuesday, 8th September, 2020 when
    they launched guerrilla-like attacks on Muslims and Fulanis.
    “The attacks resulted in the killing of three unarmed and
    defenseless Fulani near Gora Gan. Those killed were Abdullahi
    Hassan, Yusuf Hassan Sogiji and Abubakar Hassan. Two other
    Fulani men, Musa Hassan and his father, Malam Hassan are
    still being treated in Jama’a Clinic in Zonkwa after sustaining
    various degrees of injuries during the attack.
    “Another Fulani Muslim, AbdulRashid Lawal Malan was killed
    by the Christian Kataf militia the following day, Wednesday,
    9th September, 2020 in Kurmin Masara, near Bakin Kogi
    bridge. Maitalata Idris Narutu, a Fulani and native of Zango
    urban, who lives in Dokan Lere narrowly escaped being killed
    when his car was stopped at an illegal roadblock mounted by
    Atyap youth militia.
    “The setting up of roadblocks by the youth militia contravenes
    the terms of the peace pact entered on 22nd August, 2020.
    Both local and international stakeholders must hold the
    Christian Atyap militia of Southern Kaduna responsible for
    starting the vicious cycle of bloodshedding after the recent
    peace pact.
    “MURIC strongly condemns these killings and attacks on law-
    abiding Muslims. We call for stronger presence of security
    agents. It is high time soldiers are drafted to Southern Kaduna
    to enforce law and order. We advocate long term military
    presence until the inhabitants of Southern Kaduna learn how to
    peacefully coexist.
    “As an organization whose motto is ‘Dialogue, No Violence’,
    we frown at violence in all its ramifications. We are fully
    committed to a peaceful approach to the Southern Kaduna
    crisis. We, therefore, call on both parties to sheathe their
    swords.”


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