About 150 houses belonging to Fulani herdsmen in Sabon Gari area of the Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been burnt down by angry youths in Atakar village.
The youths went on rampage to protest the alleged killing of a hunter, Stephen Abui by herdsmen. Sources from the area said the youths, including women vandalised the residence of the Village Head, Chief Tobias Nkom-Wada who tried to pacify them, forcing him to flee the village.
One of the victims, Muhammadu Chiroma told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in a telephone interview that 350 cows were killed and about 2,000 others missing.
According to him, similar attack was also carried out in Tinariya, Kirin and Gahai villages in Ryom Local Government Area of Plateau State.
He, however, said the situation was now calm after the deployment of security personnel but that most of the victims had fled the area.
The Director General, Media and Publicity to Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State, Alhaji Ahmed Maiyaki, confirmed the story, saying that security agents had restored peace to the affected area.
He said the governor had directed for full investigation into the incidence, adding, “until this is done we cannot ascertain the level of casualty involved.”
Maiyaki urged the people of the state to live peacefully with one another, assuring that the government was committed to restoring peace and unity in the state.
Also, the Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, DSP Aminu Lawal confirmed the attack on the village head but denied that Fulani settlements were burnt.