THE National President of Adara Development Association, Awemi Maisamari, on Wednesday said terrorists who allegedly deployed a helicopter killed over 30 persons during an attack on Adara community in the southern part of Kaduna State.
Maisamari, who addressed journalists, said the attackers razed buildings, including the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) parish in the area.
He said more bodies were discovered in bushes around the villages attacked by the terrorists.
“The pogrom against Adara nation rages on. In the latest tragedy, Ungwan Gamu, Dogon Noma, Ungwan Sarki and Maikori villages near Maro in Kajuru Local Council were attacked on Sunday, June 05, 2022.
“The death toll this morning (Wednesday) is 32, as villagers comb surrounding bushes for more bodies. Seven were found this morning decomposing,” he said.
According to him, the attack started around noon and lasted until around 6:00 pm.
He alleged that the attack, which he said was not challenged by security agencies, was carried out by Fulani terrorists on 150 motorcycles carrying three armed persons each.
Meanwhile, reacting to the incident, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said, “The killing of scores in Adara in Southern Kaduna is unfortunate and totally avoidable if the military doesn’t ignore intelligence and telltale signs.”
HURIWA sympathised with the bereaved and prayed for their comfort.
“However, it is important to note that this new dimension of a helicopter being used by Fulani terrorists is shocking but not unexpected as there have been bold signs written all over the place going by the chronology of the sophisticated terrorism that banditry by Fulani bloodletters has evolved into.
“It is ironic that the terrorists are now operating on air, shelling houses and killing innocent residents when the military who should decimate the terrorist bandits through air raids have failed to bombard them for reasons best known to them.
“Even the Kaduna State Governor indicted the military for failing to act on intelligence regarding the precise locations of these Fulani terrorists even when the military is monitoring their telephone conversations, and now they are on the air. Who gave them the helicopters?
“In March 2022, terrorists bombed a moving Abuja-Kaduna train and killed scores while others were kidnapped. On July 18, 2021, bandits shot down a Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on the border between Zamfara and Katsina states.
“Yet, the military and President Muhammadu Buhari have gone on full somnolence and failed to treat the mass killers of innocent citizens as they are supposed to be treated despite that they have killed thousands of innocent souls in Kaduna in the last one year,” HURIWA lamented.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, in March, after the attack on the Kaduna-bound train, had alleged that the military is aware of the location of the bandits wreaking havoc in the state but has refused to bomb their hideouts.
Meanwhile, efforts to reach the Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mohammed Jalige, were unsuccessful.
He didn’t respond to calls and messages sent to his phone by The ICIR.