Communities of Adara and Gbagyi tribes in Niger and Kaduna states have complained about the flood of Armed Fulani herdsmen into their areas from southern Nigeria which have escalated attacks on their settlements.
The communities stated that Fulani herdsmen are the real bandits terrorising their people and the reasons behind the continuous attacks and violence was to take over their lands for grazing.
These were contained in a statement on Wednesday in Kaduna State by the National President of the Adara Development Association, Mr Awemi Maisamari.
Maisamari said, “The displaced persons lost all their belongings and are now squatting with relations in the absence of any government relief, sympathy or mere solidarity visits.
“In the latest incident, the terrorists descended again on the peaceful Adara Village of Kujeni in Kajuru LGA of Kaduna last Saturday, burnt down all houses and killed five persons in a senseless orgy of unprovoked violence. Consequently, the above settlements have joined the infamous long list of displaced and or occupied villages.
“In all these incidents and many others, surviving victims affirm that the perpetrators are Fulani. And at last, Governor Nasir El-Rufai and others have belatedly owned up to this worn-out truth. Therefore, the pertinent questions are no longer who or how but why?
“We shall, therefore, boldly say that these preventable security challenges are deliberate efforts to inflict terror, deprivation, impoverishment, and displacement of indigenous populations to bring about demographic restructuring. These are to ultimately pave the way for full Fulani elite imperialist hegemony being secretly orchestrated by the government.”
Part of the statement noted that within Kaduna State, there were reported security breaches in January alone with up to 17 persons kidnapped, with millions of Naira paid in ransom and three persons killed, which excluded mass highway abductions of commuters in the area.
The communities lamented that the Kaduna State governor had been inconsistent in his policies, attitudes, actions, and inactions. They urged him to tackle insecurity in the state.