Alleged armed herdsmen between Saturday and Sunday killed not less than 20 persons after they lay a surprise siege on Godogodo, a semi-urban settlement, in Jema’a Local Government Area, LGA, of Kaduna State as at the time of going to press. The police and escapees said Godogodo was razed down with a tentative casualty figure of 20, apart from the injured.
The gory incident was said to have heightened tension between the majority Christian population of Kafanchan, about 12 km, north of Godogodo, and its minority settler population of Hausa/Fulani Muslims. The Interim Management Committee, IMC, Chairman, of Jema’a LGA, Dr. Humble Katuka, acting on mitigating measures, Sunday slammed a 24-hour curfew on the LGA.
Kafanchan is the Headquarters of Jema’a LGA, about 250 km South of Kaduna metropolis and also the commercial and socio-political hub of Southern Kaduna.