Gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, on Sunday, murdered the District Head of Fadan Karshi, in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
According to Vanguard, Bala Madaki, was killed alongside his nephew, Emmanuel Tanko.
A community leader in the area, Pastor Mike Makarfi, disclosed that the incident took place around 10:30pm Sunday night.
He was quoted to have said: “It was very hot last night (Sunday night) and people were sleeping outside. Around 10 p.m., the chief moved into his house with his family. Then some gunmen who our people said were Fulani, stormed his compound and started shooting.”
“They went into his room and shot him point blank. They also shot a small boy, Emmanuel Tanko, who was writing his final year secondary school exams. The boy was the nephew of the late chief.”
“Right now, Fadan Karshi is deserted. Shops and service centres are shut. People are either staying indoors or are leaving town. No one knows what is coming next.”
“Police are patrolling the streets, but I am not sure if they have any clue about the murderers. I want you to recall that this was the District Head that received former Governor Mukhtar Yero on September 22, 2014, when our women protested half naked because of the scale of killings by Fulani going on at that time.”
“What people are saying about the killings of our district head is that he may have been killed by Fulani who have a grudge against him and this community.”
“In May, 2014, some Fulani armed men invaded the police station here and seven people were killed. As they were escaping, two were killed in an exchange of gunfire between them and the Police.”
“The Fulani Association later petitioned the then National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) and copied the governor. They said that our late District head should be arrested, dethroned and prosecuted for the death of the two Fulani. We still have a copy of the petition.”
“We suspect that his death may be connected to that incident. This is unfortunate, because in the past one week, we have had some respite, just for the violence to turn this way.”