By Israel Bulus Kafanchan and Orjime Moses, Abuja
There were serries of protest yesterday in Kaduna, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja over the continues killings of locals in the Southern part of Kaduna state.
The people of Southern Kaduna in the past few months have been greatly terrorized, killed, injured, their properties looted and destroyed by terrorists with little or no intervention from the relevant authorities.
But the yesterday’s protests, which was organised by some Human Right activists against the killings in Southern Kaduna, saw people matched in Maryland Lagos, Refinery Junction Mahuta, Kaduna and the Unity Fountain Abuja.
There was heavy Police presence at the Kaduna venue which disrupted the peaceful protest with eyewitnesses account suggesting some of the protesters were arrested.
But worried by the incessant killings of their love ones, hundreds of Southern Kaduna women also took to the major roads, in Kagoro to display their displeasure.
Mrs. Dorcas David who spoke on behalf of the women protesters on Saturday morning lamented that, the curfew imposed in the area was a ploy to give cover for their killers, calling on the Government as a matter of urgency to remove the curfew imposed in the area.
She said it’s was as a result of the curfew the killers gain access to their Villages hacking small Children, their bread winners, sisters, brothers and their husbands to death in a very babaric manner.
According to her the Military that was deployed has been baised in protecting lives and properties irrespective of tribe or religion is now a tool that is use in killing them.
” Is unfortunate that our killers could still beat security check-points, invade our Communities and carry out all kind of heinous act for hours without any interruption.
” We have called the military in several occassions when our Communities are under attacks but they only comes when the attackers must have finished their operations and left,” She disclosed.
” The military are only in Zango protecting the Hausa Communities not the Christains areas.
” We’re here to tell the World and the Government to know that the military sent to guard us have now form part of the problem we are facing in Southern Kaduna,” Dorcas said.
Adding,” The curfew was tactically imposed by the State Government to give their killers cover.
She disclosed that most Communities have fled for fear of impending attacks, adding their farmalands have completely been taken over by the Fulani herdsmem and turned them to grazing fields.
In Abuja, there were calls on the constituted authorities to end the killings in the Southern part of Kaduna State.
The indigens of Southern Kaduna staged “enough is enough” protest at the Unity Fountain FCT Abuja.
Speaking during the protest, Nollywood Actress who is also the coordinator of the Southern Kaduna Abuja protest, Jane Thomas Roggers, lamented that it has been worrisome for the Kouthern Kaduna for over time now, that there has been continue killings of innocent people by the Fulani herdsmen.
She said that her uncle was killed last in Madaki Amasirga village and now twenty three people were also killed recently for just no reason it is so horrible.
“Houses were burnt, properties destroyed our people are homeless, some are in refugees camps it is quite disheartening and we do not have a representative, we do not have goverment backing.
“So we are now clamoring for state our own so that we can have a governor who we stand for for us.
“We want to break away because this is devastating the Kaduna goverment can not protect us so let them leave us,” she added.
Actres Roggers further stated that when Makarfi was the Kaduna State Governor, the issue of Sharia law came, he called on both the Northern and Southern Kaduna and applied wisdom by saying the Northern part of Kaduna should exercise Sharia law while that of the Southern Kaduna should free from Sharia law, that is wisdom from goverment but in this case the governor is taking side.
She expressed sadness that we the Southern Kaduna we do not even know where we belong because Kaduna goverment is now rule by Muslim, Muslim there by our people lender helpless and hopeless. So it is better we break away from Kaduna and have a state of our own and elect leaders that can stand for us.
Chief Experience Officer of Beltina Digital Press, Bello Bissalla said that we are here on behalf of the southern Kaduna to tell the world of what we are experiencing in Southern Kaduna, the incessant killing that is on going without non stop.
“So we are calling on the international community to please come for our aid and the goverment of Nigeria to please do the needful thing to stop the killings.”