Kaduna: 3 Killed As Community Protest Military Brutality

By Kucha Jeremiah, Abuja

Two women and a boy are said to have lost their lives during a protest
against military harassment and brutality in Fadan Karshi, a community
in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Residents told LEADERSHIP that since late September, 2020, officers of
Operations Save Heaven, a joint taskforce drafted to tackle insecurity
in Plateau and neighbouring communities of Kaduna states have been
harassing them under the guise of flouting a ‘curfew order’ that was
imposed on the community.

Not satisfied with the said curfew, the community youths were said to
have approached their district head, Joel Galadima, demanding to know
who imposed the curfew and why.

It was gathered that the district head told them he did, claiming
there was an attempt on his life and that until the perpetrators are
fished out, the curfew will continue.

It was as a result of the response that the youths were said to have
mobilised themselves at the Fadan Karshi primary school march to the
District Head Palace, demanding the suspension of the curfew.

The district head was said to have contacted the military personnel
came and opened fire on the protesters.

“The district head was not around to address them. Instead, he called
for the joint taskforce who came and started shooting,” one of the
residents said.

It was gathered that one of the people killed was not among the protesters.

“The boy killed was not part of the protesters. There were two
bullets wound on his corpse. This shows that it was not a stray
bullet, he was killed deliberately,” another source opined.

Among the people that were killed was Mrs Tina Julius, a daughter of
the Fadan Karshi traditional council secretary, Mr Mu’azu. The other
person killed was identify as Mr Peter Nuhu Gaje, a son to one of the
council members.

Angered by the death of their people, the irate youths were said to
have mobilised, demolished and set the palace of their district head

Even though the military authorities could not commend as at the time
of filling this report, the traditional ruler was said to have
abandoned the community to an unknown location.

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