The Paramount Ruler of Atyap Chiefdom, also known as ‘Agwatyap’, Sir Dominic Yahaya, has raised alarm over Fulani attacks which have claimed the lives of over 50 villagers in his domain which include Zango-Kataf in Southern Kaduna in the period of one month.
Dominic revealed that among those killed were heavily pregnant women and children, noting that 254 houses and seven churches were damaged by the herdsmen during the sustained attacks.
The monarch stated these in speech at a press conference in Kaduna, the state capital, on Monday.
While expressing grief over the death of the villagers, the village head maintained that his domain is now under siege, warning that the attacks had reached “an extreme height of provocation almost beyond control.”
According to him, the attacks have forced the indigenes who are predominantly farmers out of their land causing them not to farm anymore.
He added that no fewer than 15,000 indigenes are now at the internally displaced camps in the region, therefore, called on both the state and federal governments to come to the aid of the displaced villagers.
He also urged the security operatives to carry out extreme measures towards containing the unwarranted and unprovoked attacks in Atyap chiefdom.
“Saturday, September 11 was another black day in Atyap Chiefdom when gunmen struck again, killing Reverend Silas Ali within the vicinity of Zango Urban settlement in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon-Kataf LGA of Kaduna State.
“And the following day, Sunday, September 12, suspected herdsmen invaded the community of Apyiah Ajiim, few hundred metres from the spot of Saturday’s attack, killing 12 people in another round of recurring attacks on the Atyap community. The victims include six women (two were heavily pregnant), three men and three children.
“I wish to passionately appeal to the federal and state governments to come to the aid of these homeless peasants whom, not fewer than 15,000 of them are now in Internally Displaced Persons camps, by providing succor particularly in the area of building materials to enable them re-erect structures to return to their communities,” Dominic said.