Suspected Fulani herdsmen have again invaded three communities in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing eight people and injuring several others
The killing is coming against the backdrop of Tuesday killing of 15 people by the same herdsmen in the area.
It was said that between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, the gunmen who were in large numbers attacked Bakin- Kogi, Idanu and Makyali, all within the Adara communities.
Security sources said that hundreds of the natives of Kajuru fled their homes into the bush and other neighbouring communities to avoid being killed by the Fulani herdsmen.
The fresh attack came about 24 hours after a similar attack on Gonan-Rogo, also in Kajuru Local Government, according to the Kaduna State Police Spokesman, Mohammed Jalige.
The National President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Jonathan Asake, said that several houses were razed especially in the Bakin-Kogi area by the hoodlums.
Asake, a former member of the House of Representatives, who spoke on telephone said "that the lockdown imposed by the state government to check the spread of COVID-19, had given the attackers the leeway to invade the southern Kaduna communities."
"In the night (Tuesday), there was distress calls that Doka Community was under attack.
"Doka Community is close to Gonan-Rogo Community that was attacked on Monday/Tuesday by the Fulani militias. Its about a kilometre away from Gonan-Rogo.
"This morning again(Wednesday), Makyali community which is about 2 kilometres from Doka was under attack and up till now, there is still struggle in that area.
"So, its like the lockdown has actually emboldened the attackers to take the opportunity that everybody is under lockdown and to be attacking communities. Because even before now, several communities in Chikun and Kajuru LGAs have been attacked. That is what the situation is right now.
"There is one community called Bakin Kogi within the Adara Community that was completely burn down," he said.
On the casualty figure, the SOKAPU leader said, "actually, I have not been able to get to the place right now because its dangerous but from the reports that I have received on the Makyali attack, at least seven people were killed and many people are still missing in the bush because people are scampering for safety."
In his reaction, the President of the Adara Development Association, ADA, Awema Maisamari, spoke in the same vein with his SOKAPU's counterpart that seven persons were killed at Makyali, adding that one person was killed by the hoodlums at Idanu, bringing the total number of those killed to eight while even as several others were injured.
According to Maisamari, the attack on Makyali community took place at about 7am on Wednesday, leading to the killing of the seven people while the attacks on Bakin Kogi and Idanu took place on Tuesday at about 7pm.
“The situation report as at this morning is that the terrorists attacked three other settlements near Gonan- Rogo village, where 17 people were killed in the early hours of Tuesday.
“In one of the communities called Bakin Kogi, the villagers escaped but several houses were burnt down. At the second village called Idanu, one person was killed. The attacks in Idanu and Bakin Kogi took place on Tuesday around 7pm.
“At a village called Makyali along Kachia road, seven people were killed when the herdsmen attacked the community around 7am today, Wednesday," (yesterday) he said.
The Kaduna State Police Command was yet to confirm the fresh attack as the Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige could not be reached on phone.