Senator Blasts El-Rufai Over Claims On Southern Kaduna


Senator Danjuma Laah, (PDP, Kaduna South), yesterday, described as untrue claims made on Wednesday by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, that the entire Southern Kaduna part of the state had witnessed no casualty from any attacks by gunmen in the past six months as a result of his security efforts at securing Kaduna State.

Laah disputed the claims in a Press Statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Kaduna.

“I wish to bring to your notice a worrying situation going on in my constituency, in which Kaduna State government is using it to play politics, deceive the world and shun its responsibility to my people,” the statement read in part.

“The truth is that there is a steady and unrelenting onslaught on isolated communities in Southern Kaduna and environs, which has not been reported by the Press since last year. The murders, kidnappings, rapes and provocative destruction of crops, all by persons that the victims believe are Fulani, are just too numerous to be captured in just a press statement, since June 2015, till date.

“I had even called the attention of the state government to this evil, as recent as this January at Barnawa Prison Staff College, Kaduna at the Bajju Annual Festival. I made it abundantly clear, that the killings in Southern Kaduna and related feeling of insecurity still persisted.

“The situation is worse in Sanga LGA, where the violent armed brigandage on the highways are too common.

“A day after Governor Nasir El Rufai made some communities to sign a curious “peace” agreement between some 29 native communities in 5 LGAs of Southern Kaduna, with most of them from Sanga, one Daniel Yakubu, fron Antor village, Aboro District, in Numana Chiefdom in Sanga LGA, was killed allegedly by the same Fulani that were supposed to have signed the peace deal with our communities. This, I believe is in contempt of the “peace agreement”.

“The village head of Anfu (Doka Area) Kateri North in Kachia Local Government was shot dead on the 25th of February, 2016 in the presence of his family and the entire community for what the marauders described as his unrelenting collaboration with authorities in seeking to expose their activities. I made efforts to visit the victim’s family but I was stopped by security.

“There have been killings in villages in Numana, Wasa and Nizom Districts to the extent that the police seemed overwhelmed by the situation. Rape of schools girls returning home from School is common in this area, with a particular case of a young girl in Yaute village, Ninzom Chiefdom last month where a 15 year old girl was ganged raped and is still receiving medical attention due to the severity of the rape,” Laah said.