110 victims of Monday and Tuesday’s killings in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State by Fulani herdsmen were, yesterday, given mass burial according to the Chairman of the local government, Mr. Emmanuel Adamu .
Those buried included an unnamed Igbo trader and his wife, women and children. The victims were buried in a parcel of land between Gwantu Kurmi and Kobin near the local government. They were the victim of a series of herdsmen attacks in about five villages in Sanga Local Government area from Tuesday into Wednesday in which the assailants sacked villagers and burnt down their houses.
Here’s what Adamu said: “We have just finished giving 110 people mass burial this (yesterday) afternoon. We had no choice, because their corpses were decomposing as a result of poor facilities at the hospitals.
“However, not all the dead were given mass burial. Some families were able to identify their loved ones, so they were allowed to take the bodies away. I cannot give the number of bodies taken away by families.
“All those that are injured will be treated by Sanga Local Government free of charge. Normalcy has returned with the beefing up of security in the area. Today (yesterday) we got eight Toyota Hilux loads of soldiers from Kaduna, who have come to join those already on ground.
“I want to appeal to all the people of Sanga to please forgive and leave vengeance to Almighty God. I beg everyone to remain law abiding, but vigilant.”
On his part, The National Chairman of Ninzom Progressive Youth, Mr. Bezard Wuyah, said “This (yesterday) afternoon, our people who were killed without provocation were buried in a mass grave between Gwantu Kurmi and Kobin.
“It was not only our people that were killed. I am told that an Igbo man, who had lived long in Kobin, was killed along with his wife and his shop burnt by the Fulani herdsmen.
“Our land has been desecrated and we are deeply mourning. We do not expect the government to treat this with levity by taking our peaceful and law abiding nature for granted.”
An indigene of the area, Barrister Sunday Ugah who sent pictures Saharareporters said, that many locals are still missing, and that over 300 others were seriously injured. Hundreds more were displaced in some locations.
“We have just finished mass burial of our kith and kin gruesomely killed in our villages by Fulani herdsmen from Tuesday to yesterday (Wednesday),” Ugah said, in evident pain.
He also decried the situation, saying, “I was born about 40 years ago, and I have never seen this kind of ethnic cleansing in my life, we have a family that all their 12 children were mutilated to death. I enclosed their pictures.”