– Riots erupted in Godogodo region of Jema’a local government area in Kaduna state after 14 Fulani herdsmen were brutally killed by a mob
– The herdsmen were hacked to death inside vehicles and then burned to death
A mob on Monday, October 17 hacked to death and then burnt to ashes 14 Fulani herdsmen in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state, Vanguard reports.
The attack on the Fulani herdsmen reportedly occurred between the weekend and Monday and was a result of the long-running conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in northern Nigeria.
Vanguard quotes an eyewitness, a commercial bus driver, as saying that around eight Fulani herdsmen were reportedly taken off his bus and butchered like animals after the vehicle broke down and he went in search of a mechanic to fix it.
“I was returning from Plateau state with eight passengers, all of them Fulani herders,” the eyewitness Adamu Aliyu said.
“While I was away a mob surrounded the vehicle and forcibly brought out the eight passengers. They hacked them to death, dumped them in the vehicle and set it ablaze,” Aliyu said.
“Another vehicle was also attacked when it stopped to refuel and all the six people were burnt to death along with the car.”
Aliyu said a riot broke out in the streets, with soldiers and police finally intervening to contain the carnage.
“When the situation calmed I returned to my vehicle and found its burnt carcass with charred remains of the passengers,” Aliyu said.
Jema’a local government chairman Bege Katuka confirmed that the region was thrown into chaos with “indiscriminate” shooting the night before.
“On Saturday suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Godogodo and opened indiscriminate fire on residents,” Katuka said.
“The following day youth in the area mobilised and blocked the highway, vandalising vehicles and attacking motorists,” Katuka said.
Kaduna state police spokesman Aliyu Usman acknowledged the Godogodo attack and the riot, but said only two people had died in the unrest.
Meanwhile, three mobile police officers on patrol were shot dead in the early hours of Monday, October 17.
The incident occurred at Hawan Kibo, the boundary between Plateau and Kaduna states.
Although the police spokesperson, Terna Tyopev, could not be reached at press time, a police source who confirmed the attack said the officers’ rifles were also taken away.