Clergy Alleges Southern Kaduna Facing Ethnic Cleansing, Islamisation
A clergy in Kaduna State, Rev. Gideon Mutum, has alleged that the killings in the Southern part of the state were motivated by a contest for religious and ethnic superiority, stressing that the Muslim north was bent on destroying Christianity.
Mutum stated this in a statement issued Saturday.
According to him, suspected Fulani herdsmen, on Friday night, attacked Zikpak community, which is the seat of the throne of the Fantswam people in Jema’a Local Government Area of the state.
He said the attack left nine persons dead and eleven others with severe injures, adding that six of them are being referred to various specialist hospitals.
He further said five houses were burnt in the attack with an attempt on the residence of the chief.
“The ECWA Church building too was set ablaze but thank God for the rain and the fortification of the building that couldn’t allow the flames to persist.”
He gave the names of those killed in the attack to include Magdalene Irimiya, Kingsley Rapheal, Luka Garba, Katung Kantiong, Maman Barister, Amadi Didam, Victor Ishaya, Matan Dakaci and Pastor. Kuyet Ishaya Yayock.
The father of Nigerian singer, Joe El Amadi was also among those who lost their lives in the incident.
He also said “You will recall that attempt was made within some community around Zikpak on Wednesday 22 July 2020 in Takau Gida, Ungwan Masara but was greeted with reprisals by the community youths.
“The security agency arrived the scene long after the crime has been carried out. Worthy of note also is, Zikpak is less than 2kilometers to the base of the Joint Task Force (JTF)
“Zikpak is hundred percent a Christian community. So also Ungwan Maigizo, Ungwan Masara, Takau Gida, Ungwan Musa Bayan Loco, Takau 1 and Takau 2 respectively.
“As such we belief the incessant attacks on these communities and other communities in the past and now have elements of land grasping, Islamization, ethnic cleansing, and political superiority of the Northern Nigeria.”
All efforts to speak to the Kaduna State Police Spokesman, Mohammed Jalige did not yield any result as his phone line was not reachable.
Recall that Governor Nasir Elrufai, had on Friday night imposed a 24-hour-curfew on Jema’a and Kaura LGAs as a result of the attack.
He noted that at the request of security agencies, the state government extended to Jema’a and Kaura LGAs, the 24-hour curfew that is in force in Kauru and Zangon Kataf LGAs to help contain violence, restore law and order in the area.