By Emmanuel Bagudu
Youths in southern Kaduna said they are being deterred from defending themselves from herdsmen attack due to the presence of curfew in the various Communities affected by the ongoing onslaught by bandits suspected to be fulani herdsmen. The youths also believe that security operatives are stationed the in the affected Communities to deliberately hinder locals from tracking their attackers.
The youths disclosed this during a protest in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Saturday. The protest which was also replicated in Lagos and Kaduna had placard carrying youths resisting police intimidation chanting “Southern Kaduna Stand Up”.
“….three of our youths where arrested in southern kaduna simply because they went to the farm during curfew….this is unacceptable…it is a deliberate attempt to give way for Fulani Herders to kill us….” Beevan Magoni, one of the conveners of the protest told Leadership Newspaper in an interview.
For John Isaac SirJay an exco of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Movement (SOKAPU), the Kaduna State government have deliberately ignored the travails of the people of southern Kaduna who are currently in pains due to the incessant attacks. “….if something is done about these killings the entire state will erupt with violence….” SirJay warns.
For Jane Rogers the chief convener of the protest, the people of southern Kaduna people popularly known for their peaceful disposition are currently being push to he wall. “….we in southern Kaduna are peace loving people, the killings are senseless, in one day thirty-three people are killed what those that mean, if the government cannot do something ,we can, we are warriors, the Security personnels should be removed, relax the curfew to allow us defend these attackers….” Rogers said.
Similar protest took place in Lagos and the Kaduna metropolis as well as some Communities in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area. The Protest in Kaduna Metropolis was reportedly rough and tensed following the arrest and subsequent release of some placards carrying youths.