The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has lamented that Atyap communities have continued to experience unabated attacks, leading to killings and destruction of property with increased death toll.
The group explained that on Wednesday, 13th July, 2021, two persons were killed by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen at Magata and Magori villages in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) in Southern Kaduna.
It said that the attackers invaded the next village, Magori, but met a deserted place, took their time, looted the village and loaded their bounty into the five Hilux vans they were driving in and burnt down all the 19 houses in the small village.
The spokesman, Luka Binniyat, in a statement, explained that the attackers were at Makarau on Monday and burnt down ECWA and Anglican Churches.
The statement explained that five persons were killed, 12 houses, and 45 cows rustled on the 11th July, 2021 after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked members of the Amawa ethnic nationality who settled in an Atyap community called Badawa, a remote farming community close to the banks of River Kaduna, under Gora ward.
According to the statement, “We have received information that the attackers are bragging that Atyap land and the entire southern Kaduna belong to them and as such if our members would not leave, they would use terror and chase them out.
Currently, 108 Southern Kaduna Communities are under the occupation of armed herdsmen invaders some dating back to 2019.”
According to the statement, another dimension to the wickedness on Atyap land is that in every community attacked, the invaders took time to cut down swaths of fields of growing crops, stressing that the intention is to see that survivors starve if they ever return.