Southern Kaduna Crisis: NEMA Says 204 Killed


The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has disclosed that   204 people lost their lives in the Southern Kaduna crisis.

It is the first time a government agency is providing a figure of the  attacks since they began last year.

The crisis between Fulani herdsmen and locals in the area had raged  for months before the Kaduna State and the Federal Government saw the  need to act.

Several figures have been given to the press by different stakeholders  in the crisis.

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The Catholic Church had  said 808 people were killed as  of December 2016, but the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris,  disputed this figure.

The  Church also said 1,422 houses, 16 Churches, 19 shops, and one  primary school were destroyed.

But NEMA North West zonal Coordinator, Musa Ilella said on  Friday  that the figure was for the two Local Government Areas affected by the  crisis- Kafanchan and Chikun.

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NEMA said the figure covers October, November and December, 2016 and  early January, 2017.

“Four districts in Kafanchan LGA namely: Linte,Goska,Dangoma and  Kafanchan town recorded 194 deaths.

“Chikun LGA on the other hand recorded about 10 deaths, making a total  of 204 so far,” he said.

He added that there was no record of any injured victim in the hospital.

Governor Nasir El Rufai had said the attackers were foreign Fulani  herdsmen, who were avenging past attacks on them and their livestock.

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The IGP last week announced that a Squadron of mobile police would be  established in Kafanchan to ensure security in the area.

The Nigerian Army also on Thursday announced it had deployed special  forces to Southern Kaduna.