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KADUNA: Shock and Grief in Kachia Local Government Area as Community Unearths Disturbing Find



In a grim discovery that has sent shockwaves through the community, eleven decomposing bodies of Fulani individuals hailing from Tulde Fulbe, Ladduga Grazing Reserve, were found in a forest near the area known as “Crossing” in the Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The victims, identified as Safiyanu Adamu, Abdulkadir Idris, Akilu Abdullahi, Ibrahim Abubakar, Magaji Umar, Said Saleh, Abdulaziz Yusuf, Ibrahim Sani, Musa Dan Asabe, Nura Yusuf, and Nuru Magaji, were reportedly detained by military personnel at various times in the region. Distraught relatives and community members confirmed their identities as the news of the tragic discovery spread on Monday.

Speaking with members of the victims, Adamu Idris, who is the father of one of the victims, Safiyanu Adamu, alleged that he was taking his son to a hospital after being involved in an accident when he was arrested by the soldiers.

He narrated: “My son had an accident on a motorcycle on his way back from Maulud celebration. I was at home when the news came to me. I was taking my son who was bleeding from his mouth to a hospital when the soldiers stopped us, took him and told us they were taking him to Abuja. They accused my son of being a thief, an accusation, which I denied. Before they left, they (soldiers) collected the N18,000 cash I was holding to pay my son’s hospital bills.

“A week after his arrest, I was informed that his corpse had been found. I want justice for my son and all the other victims. The soldiers in the area are taking advantage of us, the Fulani. The government should wade in and bring the earring soldiers to face the wrath of the law”, said Malam Adamu.

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The circumstances surrounding their detention and subsequent demise remain unclear, raising questions about the role of soldiers in their arrest. Authorities are now facing increased scrutiny as the community demands answers and justice for the deceased Fulani individuals.

Another member of the community, Ayuba Muhammad, accused soldiers of raiding their homes and taking their property.

He called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Governor Uba Sani to come to their aid and end “the injustice being meted on Fulani in Ladduga.”

He said: “On the 28th of December, 2023, soldiers came into the community before a place called “Crossing” and killed three of our people. We do not know what their offence was, but we know them to be good people because even if we go to the police station here in Ladduga, you will find out that they have no records.

“We called the police to see the corpses, they made their report and gave us permission to bury the corpses. We thought it was over, but unfortunately, it was not. So far, 11 people have been killed. They were arrested by soldiers and their corpses were found near the Navy Barracks in the area.

“On the 30th of December, 2023, soldiers came to the “Crossing” market, they arrested some people and shot at Nuhu Yusuf in broad daylight. After that, they entered the village, took more people and raided some houses and took N30,000 from one of the houses. In another house, they went away with a bag of ginger, which was being dried. After that, they again came into our community in the night, raided some houses and went away with motorcycles and ginger.

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“We do not know our crime. We are law abiding citizens here in Ladduga, and we do not harbour criminals. We have continuously supported the security agencies in a bid to have peace in our community”, said Malam Ayuba.

These disturbing incidents has prompted an urgent call for a thorough investigation into the events leading to the deaths and harrasments, as the community grapples with grief and seeks reassurance regarding the safety of its members. The situation is evolving, and local authorities are expected to provide updates on the investigation in the coming days.

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