By Lawal A. Dogara
Following the imposition of a 24- hour curfew on Kafanchan and environs after the killing of two natives from the area who allegedly tried to declare jungle justice on a group of Fulani herdsmen,fear has gripped Southern Kaduna on Wednesday as the military and other security agencies deployed more troops to the area to restore order.
Journalists were told that at about 10 am when APC strongman,Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd)was being expected to arrive at Bondong in Kaura Local Government area to present relief materials to the victims of previous attacks in the area living in an Internally Displaced Persons Camp,some herdsmen suspected to be Fulani allegedly wielding arms,in a truck were intercepted and the natives rushed to deal with the them.
In trying to save the herdsmen, two natives were killed while several others sustained injuries from gun shots,allegedly by the security agents.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna,SP Aminu Lawal,when contacted,told journalists that he were not in a position to give details as the matter would best be handled by the Army.
However,the Army spokesman in 1 Mechanized Division Kaduna,Col.Abdullahi Abdul ,when contacted on phone,told journalists that he would get back to them in an hour’s time which had elapsed as at time of filing this report.
According to eye witnesses ,Buhari and other chieftains of the APC who were in the area,had to rush back to Kaduna and in the process,a jeep in their convoy reportedly,had an accident though detail of the casualties was not disclosed to journalistsimmediately.
The suspected Fulani herdsmen,according to reports,were combat ready and moving towards Kafanchan when they were intercepted.
However,there were conflicting reports that the herdsmen were in possession dane guns on their way to a hunting expedition.
Kafanchan was reportedly quiet in the evening as soldiers and other security agents have taken control,even as motorists from Kaduna,Jos and Nasarawa axis were turned back so as to prevent the influx of trouble makers into the area.
The soldiers were said to have conveyed the Fulani back to Kaduna but no one could explain where they were being kept for now,even as attempts to have access into the headquarters of the 1 Mechanized Division Kaduna could not materialise.
By Lawal A. Dogara