The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), has called on the United Nations and the African Union to establish a Peace Enforcement Operations Base in the area to curb the activities of armed herdsmen.
The President of SOKAPU, Mr Awemi Dio Maisamari while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday said the base will show that the world is interested in the collective survival of minority ethnic groups.
SOKAPU also asked the global bodies to send independent investigation teams to Southern Kaduna to debunk or confirm the claims of ethnic cleansing by suspected Fulani militias.
He said, “We are also very sad about the silence of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Africa Union (AU), the Common Wealth of Nations and the United Nations (UN) over the unrelenting pogrom in Southern Kaduna.”
”With a few weeks to the end of this administration, the attacks only seem to be stepping up. And the fact that the same government wants to succeed itself at both the state and Federal levels, we have great doubts if the genocide, kidnapping, displacement and occupation will abate.
He said following the incessant attacks, no fewer than 245 Southern Kaduna Communities have been sacked by the suspected armed herdsmen in collaboration with terrorists.
”On Sunday, 16th April, 2023, the peaceful, farming Runji village (Sankwab) in Atyap land Zangon Kataf LGA in Southern Kaduna, was invaded by marauding armed herdsmen around 1am and carried out horrific acts of murder, arson and theft, 42 houses were burnt with 17 women and children roasted beyond recognition”.
He added that 12 corpses mutilated by machete cuts and bullet shots were picked in the village, later in the day, 4 persons that were rushed to hospitals, died of their wounds, making the death toll 33 and eight still in hospitals.
“The wanton cruelty being visited on our communities by bands of murderous armed herdsmen in the recent past for which no single arrest has been made, the Kaduna State Government and the Federal Government have not visited the place nor sent any form of assistance to the scores that have been rendered homeless.
On March 16th, 2023, invading armed herdsmen attacked homes in Langson, also in Atyap land using machetes and knives and killed 10 natives around 9pm and on 13th March, 2023, armed herdsmen killed 8 persons in Atakjeh, close to the palace of the traditional rulers of Atyap land.
“On the 12th of March, in a shocking mass murder, armed herdsmen attacked Unguwan Wakili, less than 800m from a military checkpoint and killed 17 persons, mostly women and children. Unguwan Wakili is in Atyap land, about 2km to Zangon Kataf semi-urban area notorious for harboring armed herdsmen,” he explained.
”In all, within one month, 68 persons have been killed in Atyap land, leaving 15 with life threatening injuries and creating streams of displaced persons fleeing for safety.