Curfew in Kafanchan, 40 Killed


The Kaduna State government led by Governor Nasir el-Rufai has imposed a round-the-clock curfew on Kafanchan and other towns  in Jema’a LGA of the state, following the killing of over 40 people in the area between Saturday and Sunday.

About 5pm on Saturday, October 15, Fulani gunmen were said to have descended on Godogodo village, about 20km from Kafanchan town, and killed 21 residents and burned down houses. The victims were burnt beyond recognition, eyewitnesses told Eyeway.

Then, about midday on Sunday, a group of Fulani fighters, apparently headed for Godogodo to complete their mission, stopped at Garaji (in Kafanchan) when the vehicle they were travelling in broke down. A group of young people in Kafanchan, who had got wind of the mayhem committed at Godogodo, accosted the travellers. When they searched the vehicle, they found dangerous weapons.

A fight between the two groups broke out, leading to the death of no fewer than 20 people on both sides.

The state government immediately announced that a curfew had been imposed on the entire Jema’a LGA.

A few days ago, the people of southern Kaduna reportedly lamented the spate of kidnapping and rape in their area, while the state government failed to protect them.

Read the statement here:



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