A mass burial has been held for 40 victims killed in last Sunday's attack by suspected terrorists in Malagum 1 and Sokwong communities in Kagoro chiefdom, Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The interdenominational burial service for the victims was held on Thursday, December 22, 2022.
The Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan posted photos from the burial on its official Facebook page.
"The interdenominational burial mass and service for the victims of the Fulani herders' attack at Mallagum, Kagoro, and Kaura Local Government Area, Kaduna State, Nigeria, on this day, Thursday, December 22, 2022, "may their souls rest in peace with the Lord." the post read.
Meanwhile, the people of Southern Kaduna have cried out against the government’s inability to arrest and bring to justice the perpetrators of several attacks on the area since 2014.
A statement issued by the spokesman of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Mr Luka Binniyat, said, “Let it be put on record that in the hundreds of attacks that have put many parts of Southern Kaduna into ruins and thousands killed since 2014, we have not seen anyone arrested and brought to book over these heinous crimes against humanity.”
The union lamented what it called “the gruesome mass murder of not less than 38 harmless, armless villagers in Malagum 1 and Abun (Broni Prono) villages, Kaura Local Government Area (LGA) in Southern Kaduna."
The statement regretted that the killings, which lasted for a long time, started around 11 p.m. Sunday night simultaneously in the two villages.
"Not only were these poor innocent citizens killed; more than 100 houses were razed, with some victims burned alive,” the forum explained.
According to the statement, volunteers are still combing the surrounding bushes in search of missing persons and more corpses following the attacks by the gunmen on the two communities.
He disclosed that the villagers had noticed the gathering of strange herdsmen coming from different directions on motorbikes to set camp in a nearby bush some days ago.
He further lamented that the security forces deployed in the area did nothing when the villagers noticed the gathering, adding that the dastardly act is coming five days after armed herdsmen herded their cattle into a farm owned by Cletus Dunia, 45, in Kpak village, a sub-unit of Kagoro, in Kaura LGA, and shot him dead at close range before mutilating his corpse and fleeing with their cows.
The statement stated that the rampaging herdsmen also shot and killed Levi Zakaria, 19, as he was harvesting yams on a farm that was by the fleeing path of the killer herdsmen, saying that on the same day, the same herdsmen killed Ezra Sunday 16, about 2km from where Zakaria was killed.
It explained that the same herdsmen caused the death of Gaje Habila, 31, when he fell and died of exhaustion while escaping, leaving behind a widow and a six-month-old baby, his only child, pointing out that between Tuesday and Wednesday last week, armed men described as herdsmen invaded some homes in Kamuru village, Ikulu Ward, in Zangon Kataf LGA in Southern Kaduna and killed four (4) persons.
The statement explained that forty-six (46) persons were killed in the attacks in southern Kaduna in the past five days.
"We believe that the aim is to further destabilize Southern Kaduna and give an excuse to the Federal Government to stop elections in the area." "There are already thousands who have been chased out of their ancestral homes as a result of similar violence unleashed on them between 2019 and this year as the attacks are coming close to the 2023 general elections,” he added.