December 2, 2022

Herdsmen kill 15 in Plateau, Kaduna as Buhari hunts southern protestors

Vigilantes sit helplessly after an armed attack in Plateau

At least 15 people were killed by herdsmen in Central Nigeria between Sunday June 27, and Saturday July 3, 2021, monitored reports show.

On Saturday July 3, seven people were killed and ten others kidnapped in separate attacks in Chikun, Kajuru and Giwa Local Government Areas of Kaduna State, Channels TV reports. On June 27, a woman was injured, and several properties destroyed, when herdsmen invaded Gidan Zaki village in Zangon Kataf area of the State.

On the same 27th June, armed assailants killed a pregnant woman, her 7year-old daughter and aged mother-in-law in neighboring State of Plateau.

The attack in Zanwhra village in the Bassa area of the State was led by a “known Fulani gunman”, said President of a local group, Irigwe Development Association, Mr. Robert Ashi.

From June 28 to 30, another four farmers and a school teacher were killed by suspected herdsmen in separate attacks in Bassa and neighboring Riyom areas, according to a local non-governmental organization, Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria. 

Attacks by Fulani herdsmen killed at least 1,126 people in Northern Nigeria, in the first half of 2020 alone, according to Amnesty International. From January to June 2021, the herdsmen killed 3,530 people in Nigeria, Open Doors reports. 

The terrorists have also carried out mass abductions for ransom mainly within the northern region, but the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari is more focused on taking out anti-government protestors in the southern region.

In June 29, 2021, secret service operatives “kidnapped” Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in a foreign country and repatriated him to face “trial”. Kanu’s brother, Kingsley Kanu, said the IPOB leader was “unlawfully arrested”, detained and subsequently subjected to “extraordinary rendition.”

Kanu had relocated to the United Kingdom where he holds a citizenship, after operatives attacked his Nigerian home while on bail in 2017. Nigerian authorities were trying him for alleged terrorism and treasonable felony.
In 2016, Government launched a military operation known as “Operation Python Dance” in the southeast, where IPOB is demanding secession.

According to Amnesty International, the military task force carried out “mass extrajudicial executions” in the region between 2015 and 2016, including at least 60 people shot dead in the space of two days in connection with events to mark Biafra Remembrance Day.

“This deadly repression of pro-Biafra activists is further stoking tensions in the south east of Nigeria. This reckless and trigger-happy approach to crowd control has caused at least 150 deaths and we fear the actual total might be far higher,” said Makmid Kamara, Interim Director of Amnesty International Nigeria. 

The International Criminal Court of Justice in March 2018 said it would investigate the allegations. However, the human rights violations did not stop.

From January 2021, to June when General Buhari vowed to treat the agitators “in the language they understand,” 2,700 civilians were arrested or abducted in the region, 370 were killed and 630 disappeared, according to International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law.

In Southwest, federal operatives “attacked” the home of Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, a renowned Activist on July 1, 2021. Two of his associates were killed while he was declared wanted hours later.

In a press statement, Adeyemo said he was being “persecuted” for organizing his people against Fulani herdsmen attacks.