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Kajuru Residents Flee Herdsmen Attacks



Zainab Sanni

At least 30 survivors of the recent attacks and killings by herdsmen in Kajuru Council of Kaduna State have fled their homes.

The displaced victims, who arrived Ungwan Maigero community in Chikun Council as refugees are mostly women and children and have taken refugee in dilapidated and uncompleted buildings.

An unnamed christian cleric, who spoke on behalf of concerned citizens said more refugees were still trooping in as a result of the armed attacks in Kajuru and appealed to public-spirited individuals to come to their aid by contributing food, clothing, beddings and others.

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He said: “Presently, they are being camped in a mud house yet to be plastered and floored with emergency doors and windows, with no toilet facilities and potable water.

“Our attention was drawn to the emergence of some refugees on Sunday evening by some concerned individuals. We got there and discovered over 30 women and their children, with more still trooping in as a result of herdsmen’s attack somewhere in Kajuru,”

Former governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the state, Chief David Kente, in a statement, also urged well-to-do individuals and groups to reach out to the less -privileged members of the society.

Kente, who represents Taraba at the North East Development Commission (NEDC), noted that “the global devastation caused by coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has made it even more important for the Muslim Ummah and the entire people of the state to uphold and sustain the virtues that characterise the holy month of Ramadan and the great feast of Sallah.

“We are all aware of the challenges that are confronting the world as a result of COVID-19, despite efforts of the governments at all levels. We know that it has been a trying moment for all of us, especially for the less privileged.

“It is, therefore, imperative that we reach out to them in our own little ways as much as possible,” he said.

“We must learn to resolve our differences amicably and live as one.

“When we learn to practise the teachings of the holy books, we would have a more peaceful and developed society,” he added.

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