Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has condemned the renewed killing in the boundary areas of Kauru and Zangon Kataf local government areas following the eruption of violence over the beheading and killing of a herder by farmers.
The herder was attacked and killed after an argument with some farmers over encroachment of animals into their farmlands.
According to reports, the farmers beheaded the herder and took his head with them as the other herders grazing in the area took to their heels managing to escape with their animals.
The killing however caused inter-ethnic communal clash during peak market hours in Bakin Kogi market of Kauru local government area located near its boundaries with Zangon Kataf local government area, which led to the killing of one Ahmad Aliyu while two residents, Esther Thomas, and Tanko Dakar were injured.
Governor el-Rufai appealed to residents who lost their relations and loved ones to allow security forces and government manage the situation, as investigations are in progress, following the incidents which created tense atmosphere in the two local government areas.
Security agencies reported that unidentified persons attacked and killed a herder in Zaman Chawai general area of Kauru LGA.
According to the report, the herder, Yusuf Mahmuda, a resident of the community, was grazing with other herders in the bushes adjoining some farms, when he was attacked and killed after an argument with some farmers over encroachment of animals into their farmland.
Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, explained in a statement he issued on Monday that “the killing of the herder led to an inter-ethnic communal clash erupted during peak market hours in Bakin Kogi Market of Kauru LGA located near its boundaries with Zangon Kataf LGA.
“One Ahmad Aliyu was killed in the violent attack, while two residents, Esther Thomas and Tanko Dakar, were injured and a vehicle was burnt. The situation was brought under control by troops of Operation Safe Haven who then escorted buyers and sellers to safety.
“Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i expressed sadness at the reports and sorely lamented the eruption of violent attacks and clashes in the general area. He expressed deep concern that despite the efforts and hard work of the government, security forces and other critical stakeholders to ensure the gradual return of peace, the killings had caused a setback which must not be allowed to gain ground.
“He condoled the families of those killed, and prayed for the repose of their souls, while wishing the injured a quick recovery.
“The Governor tasked security agencies to conduct thorough investigations into the attacks leading to loss of lives in both locations. He further charged all residents to maintain calm and desist from all actions capable of triggering further violence, as security agencies carried out their tasks.
“Security agencies are investigating the incidents and sustaining patrols to restore stability to the general area.”