Gunmen kill monarch, wife in Kaduna

Gunmen on Sunday killed the Chief of Numana in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Malam Gambo Makama, and his wife.

It was gathered that one of the Chief’s sons was also injured and his residence burnt to ashes during the attack at Gwantu town.

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Mukhtar Hussaini Aliyu, confirmed the attack.

Aliyu said, “The Police Command received the report of the attack around midnight on Sunday.”

“The assailants fled before the police arrived the scene, hence no arrest had been made.”

The PPRO, however, appealed for calm, assuring that the command was doing everything possible to get to the root of the matter.

Meanwhile, the Sanga Development Association (SDA) in Sanga local government area of Kaduna State, has called on the state government to immediately uncover and bring to book, the killers of their paramount ruler and his wife.

A statement signed by SDA Secretary, Mr Agony Jetty, described the killing of the paramount traditional ruler, who is also the Chairman, Sanga Traditional council, by suspected Fulani herdsmen as unacceptable.

The group said it has again been thrown into great mourning on the eve of New Year and cannot explain the rationale behind all the unprovoked attacks and killings, but added that a time had come when an end must be put to all the killings if government and her security apparatus were serious.

“We demand that Kaduna State government under Mallam Nasir El-rufai should use all machinery at her disposal and the security agencies to uncover the perpetrators of this dastard act and bring them to book.

“It is on record that after the systematic genocide that was targeted on various of our communities in Sanga local government area from June 2014 where the aged, women, children and all categories of people were massacred, the Fulani killers under the umbrella of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) then turned around and fingered out some of our traditional rulers demanding for their dethronement and prosecution.

“This was simply unthinkable! Two key Traditional Rulers were targeted by MACBAN in two separate petitions dated 12th June, 2014 and 1st August, 2014 which they wrote and were jointly signed by its Sanga Chairman – Alh. Alhassan Abdulkarim and Pro-tem Secretary, Musa Abdullahi Badembo, and the other jointly signed by Southern Kaduna Zonal Chairman – Alh. Haruna Usman, Chairman Jama’a LGA – Alh. Abdulhamid Musa and Chairman Sanga LGA respectively.

“In these petitions, MACBAN had demanded government to order for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Chief of Numana and District Head of Fadan Karshi.

“MACBAN went on to unequivocally state that the government at all levels, security agencies, the perpetrators/sponsors and promoters of jungle justice should know and appreciate the fact that peace is a collective responsibility of all, and nobody or any group of persons has the monopoly of violence.

“Now, see what has happened? Among these two traditional rulers that were targeted by MACBAN, the District Head of Fadan Karshi, Mallam Bala Madaki was assassinated in his house at Fadan Karshi on the night of May 1st, 2016, and now Dr. Gambo Makama (Etum Numana), the second name on their list was murdered the night of 31st December, 2017.

“This time, his assassination must not go like it happened during that of the late District Head of Fadan Karshi where the perpetrators have remained at large, but we demand that those responsible for this dastard act be uncovered and made to face justice.

“We are seriously worried and perplexed that in spite of the unprovoked attacks, trauma and deep pains that our people, not only in Sanga local government area, but in the whole of Southern Kaduna have been subjected to, and happenings in recent time, it is at such a time now that the Special Task Force (Operation Safe Haven) have deployed a Fulani military officer, Colonel Kabir Abdullahi to be the Sector Commander for Sanga local government area (Sector Delta).

“To the generality of the people of Sanga, we see this as being unfair to us, as his coming has emboldened some Fulani herdsmen in the area to step up their nefarious activities. And it is in his time that our paramount ruler and his wife are assassinated.

“Considering all these developments, we request that Col. Kabir Abdullahi be redeployed from Sanga for the sake of peace, equity and fairness that we all yearn for following years of trauma occasioned by ceaseless bloodbath and gruesome killings.

“What the Special Task Force in this area need is a neutral and detribalized military officer that every ethnic group in Sanga local government area could have confidence and trust on, and one who shall sincerely and faithfully discharge his duties without favour, sentiments or any ethnic or religious consideration,” the statement advocated.

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