Kaduna Crisis: State College Of Education Shuts Down Indefinitely

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai fielding questions from journalists
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai fielding questions from journalists

The Kaduna State College of Education has announced that it is shutting down academic activities indefinitely due to the persistent attacks by unknown gunmen on villages close to Gidan Waya, where the institution is located.

Public Relations Officer of the college, Danlami Aduwu, made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday, saying that the suspension has become necessary in order to safeguard the lives and properties of staffers and students.

The statement directed staffers and students to vacate the school premises immediately, while staff members were asked to report to the temporary site of the college located at Kafanchan.

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, many of the institution’s workers and students have since evacuated the Gidan Waya campus in fear of being caught in the violence.

Villages bordering the college of education including Godogodo, Pasakori, Mile One and Tudun Wada, have been attacked a number of times by unknown assailants with the attendant loss of lives and destruction of property.

On Friday, November 25, four people were reportedly killed in Mile One village while several houses were razed down.

These developments are in spite of a peace pact signed between leaders of the Fulani herdsmen and traditional leaders in Kaduna State on November first, aimed at bringing an end to the series of clashes that had been witnessed in the state.

The peace deal was brokered by the General Officer Commanding, 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Adeniyi Oyebade, a Major General, at a meeting that was attended by traditional rulers and leaders of the Fulani community, as well as heads of other security agencies in the state.

It was agreed at the meeting that a peace and reconciliation committee should be set-up to resolve all pending issues.



    Also both parties agreed to place a ban on child-herdsmen who usually lead their cattle onto farmlands and major roads. A prohibition was also placed on herdsmen bearing fire arms.

    At the end of the meeting, the National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Baba Othman, assured that his people would abide by the resolution.

    But on the contrary, the situation has only worsened.

    The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has repeatedly accused the Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, of merely paying lip service to the crisis it described as a state-sponsored elimination of Christians in the state.

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