The National Emergency Management Agency has said that 204 people were killed in Southern Kaduna
The federal government of Nigeria has pegged the number of people killed in the recent Southern Kaduna crisis at 204. The figure was released by the National Emergency Agency (NEMA) on Friday, January 13. While the Catholic Church had said a total of 808 people were killed by Fulani herdsmen in the repeated attacks that lasted for months.
The inspector general of police Ibrahim Idris had also denied that such number (given by the Catholic Church) was correct. But the church said 1,422 houses, 16 churches, 19 shops, and one primary school were destroyed.
However, Premium Times reports that the NEMA North West zonal coordinator Musa Ilella said the figure was for two local government areas – Kafanchan and Chikun – affected by the crisis.
Ilella said the figure cover between October and December 2016 and early January 2017.
“Four districts in Kafanchan LGA namely: Linte, Goska, Dangoma and Kafanchan town recorded 194 deaths,” Ilella said.
He also said Chikun local government area recorded about 10 deaths, making a total of 204.
He added there was no record of any victim in the hospital.
Mr Ilella said there was no record of any injured victim in the hospital.
Meanwhile, the state governor of Kaduna Nasir El-Rufai had accused foreign herdsmen of the killings.
El-Rufai said the herdsmen were avenging past attacks on them and their livestock by the affected communities.