Southern Kaduna attacks: terrorists threaten another round of attacks


The terrorists attacks that claimed about 40 lives in Southern Kaduna may repeat as the assailants threaten to return for another round of attacks.

Some survivors of the attacks on Malagum 1 and Sokong communities in Southern Kaduna on Friday gave a horrific details on how terrorists murdered 40 villagers on the fateful day.

But despite the horrific  attacks, the communities were still being threatened with calls from the attackers that they would strike again.

The survivors gave the hints and bared their minds when a delegation of Gideon and Funmi-Para-Malla Peace Foundation, a non-profit organization donated relief materials, including 100 blankets, 10 bags of rice, 10 bags of beans, 20 bags of salt and two bags of maize to the communities.

The leader of the delegation, Rev Gideon Para-Mallam said it is even more frightening that one of the survivors told him that at about 9:5am on Friday, he received a phone call from those who perpetrated the violence telling them that they were not done with them yet.

He explained that the attackers were using cell-phones of the victims they killed to call their loved ones and threaten them that they were coming again to attack.

Nathan Yashim, a survivor narrated that his father, mother and step brother were butchered and set ablaze like animals during the attack.

Yashim, who could not hold back his tears, said his dreams in life have been shattered.

He said, “Those who perpetuated the act on our communities are criminal Fulanis. For two hours, the attackers were operating without a single security man coming to rescue us.

“I am one of the biggest farmers in this community, but I lost everything and I don’t know how to start life again,” Yashim said.

At a town-hall meeting in Kagoro, the President of the Kagoro Development Association, Prof. Jalz Gambo, debunked the impression that what took place at Malagum 1 and Sokong communities was a communal clash.

He said the two communities were attacked while the residents were going about their normal businesses.

Another resident, Joseph Utuk, who narrowly escaped the attack in Sokong community accused the military of being complacent in the attacks that took place.

“In the morning, we saw bullet shells of the Nigerian Army on our houses and this attack was carried out successfully for two hours without any help from the military who were just 30 meters away from our community.

“After the attack in our community alone where nine people were killed on December 18, the attackers came back again the following evening but they were repelled by the military”, Utuk said.

Para-Mallam said, “What happened in Malagum 1 and Sokong communities are horrific, unacceptable and a demonstration of inhumanity to man.

“Visits like this to the traumatized community helps to throw more lights to the wider global community to know what is really happening in Southern Kaduna.

“I am using this opportunity to call on the Nigerian military and the government to know that the communities that have been attacked are still traumatized with threat and phone calls.

“As we listen to the stories, the attackers set their houses on fire with women and children inside. We appeal to the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai to put all necessary measures in place and protect the Southern Kaduna communities and the people.”


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