Three feared dead in fresh violence in Southern Kaduna

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• Herdsmen, Agatu farmers sign peace pact

Three people were reported killed and scores injured in renewed violence in Southern Kaduna.Residents said the attack occurred on Tuesday night at Samarun Kataf, Zangon Kataf local council.

The state government on Tuesday night announced a 24-hour curfew in the council based on security reports.Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson to Governor Nasir El-Rufai said: “The restoration of the curfew follows renewed security threats in Samaru Kataf where the market was attacked by hoodlums. Security forces have taken steps to restore calm and enforce the curfew.”

A resident of the area, Danjuma Samaru said the attack occurred around 9:30 p.m. at a relaxation spot near Samarun Kataf market.“The bodies of those who died and those injured have been taken to General Hospital, Zangon Kataf. I am going there now to visit some relations,” Samaru added.

The Secretary of the Kaduna State branch of the Red Cross, Shehu Abdul confirmed the attack.The state police spokesperson, Aliyu Usman also confirmed the incident. Meanwhile, about 3,920 persons have been killed and property worth millions of naira destroyed in clashes between farmers and herdsmen in Agatu local council in Benue State.

The Sole Administrator of Agatu local council, Mr. Mike Inalegwu disclosed this in Makurdi yesterday while briefing journalists on the peace deal between the warring parties, which would allow the herders return to the area for grazing.

Inalegwu said despite the number of casualties in the crisis, which started in 2013, the people of Agatu are willing to cohabit with the Fulani in a peaceful atmosphere.
According to the sole administrator, one of the provisions of the peace agreement states thus: “No herdsman would be allowed to cross to Agatu hinterland until normalcy is restored neither would they be permitted to carry dangerous weapons to the area.”

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