From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A group, Zango Urban Development Association ,a socio-cultural association representing the interest of the Hausa/Fulani Community in Atyap Chiefdom has denied igniting the crisis that led to unrest in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
This was contained in a statement signed by National Vice Chairman of Association, Alhaji Ayuba M. Tasi’u and made available to media in Kaduna Tuesday.
The group condemned in strong terms the perennial disruption of peace in the communities located in the local government area.
They expressed disappointment over alleged “ mischief and lies spread by both the Southern Kaduna People Union (SOKAPU) and Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA) as to the immediate cause of the recent unrest by quickly resorting to blaming the victim.”
“it was on record that since 1992 after the unfortunate injustice that happened against us, most of our farmlands had been taken over by the Katafs, and even after the then military administration of Col. Ja’afaru Isa intervened and brokered peace in 1996 between and amongst the various factions, our farmlands till date have not been returned to us.
“As usual, verbal assurances are given to us by the Agwa Atyap but in reality nothing is done to hand over our farms back to us. Our people that have annually attempted to use the farmlands for almost these three decades have always been attacked with guns, cutlasses and matchets. That was exactly what happened last week.”
Zango Urban Development Association, therefore condemned the killing of one Moses Yusuf, saying it was most unfortunate and barbaric.
“Contrary to the claim by SOKAPU and Atyap Development Association, it must be corrected that his body was neither found within Zango Urban District nor anywhere near our farms. And if his corpse was truly “taken several kilometres of distance away’’ as the Kafats told the media, some hard evidence must be provided to support any claim. “
“Afterall, the case is still being investigated by the police, so if they are sure of their innocence, no need to pre-empt the outcome. Unfortunately desperate people would stop at nothing to create an excuse to cause carnage. Moreso, the deceased was not a Kataf but Chawai from Chawai chiefdom in Kauru Local Govenment Area.”
“If the claim of the Katafs of suspecting the killing of Moses Yusuf, which they said was the immediate cause of the crises, was perpetrated by the Hausa Community of Zango Urban, why did they go round attacking and killing the Fulani they had been living together for many years? Why did they also attack Zango Urban area if their claim or allegation as to the killing of Moses was perpetrated by the Fulanis?”
“We thank the Kaduna State Government and other federal security agencies for their timely intervention. We also call on them to renovate and equip the deserted MOPOL barracks at Bararadawa near L.E.A. Primary school for quick intervention.”
“All parties involved must know that unrests are like an ill-wind that blows nobody any good. Long live Zango Urban Area! Long live Zangon Kataf Local Government! Long live Kaduna State! Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria,”they said.