ICC Note: Suspected Fulani herdsmen murdered 26 people in the Nigerian states of Kaduna and Adamawa in recent attacks. Others were injured and many are still missing, presumed dead by now. During their attacks, the suspected herdsmen also burned property, destroying homes, farms, and crops. The villages are still trying to recover from this bloodbath, living in constant fear of repeated attacks from the herdsmen. The Fulani herdsmen have been carrying out these violent attacks in the Nigeria for many years, recently however the violence has increased and seems to be aimed at Christians in particular, leading to questions about the motives behind these attacks.
08/03/2016, Nigeria (Vanguard) – No fewer than 26 people have been reportedly killed as gunmen suspected to be herdsmen allegedly invaded communities in Adamawa and Kaduna states, also injuring scores, while many were declared missing.
While 15 persons were confirmed killed during the attack on Kodomun village and other adjourning villages in Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, 11 were slaughtered in three villages around Godogo town, in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, 250km South of Kaduna town.
At press time, yesterday, Vanguard gathered from locals at Kodomun village and other adjourning villages that the figure might be much higher as scores of others were still missing in the hinterland.
It was learned that fighting is still raging in remote parts of the communities as the suspected herdsmen operate from their hideouts at will and attack defenseless farmers.