Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Suspected Atyap militia kills Fulani herder in Zangon Kataf


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Kaduna State Government has confirmed the killing of a Fulani herder who was grazing in Matyei village, Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf local government area.

A statement on Monday by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the confirmation followed a briefing by the military under the auspices of Operation Thunder Strike, OPTS.

According to the statement, the troops had responded to a report of a farm destroyed in the village on Sunday afternoon, and arrived the scene to discover that a herder, one Ado Hassan, was shot dead by unknown persons.

He disclosed that initial investigations into the killing led to the arrest of three persons: David Kure, Peter Adamu and Bulus Duniya, saying that further investigations yielded two more arrests early this morning: Matthew Peter and and Yohanna Chawai.

He added that the arrested suspects are undergoing preliminary investigation.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed dismay at the killing and sent condolences to the family of the herder, while praying for the repose of his soul.

He urged citizens to eschew jungle justice and embrace recourse to the law in the face of any incursion or offence, and further tasked security agencies to conduct thorough investigations into the killing.

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