Army Averts Bloody Attack in Kaduna, Arrests 18
Operatives of the Nigerian Army in the southern part of Kaduna State, on Monday averted a bloody clash between suspected Fulani herdsmen and the indigenous inhabitants.
The incident occurred in Laduga Fulani settlement in Kachia Local Government Area of the state.
Troops from One Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, acting on a security tip-off arrested 18 suspects and recovered several arms from the assailants.
The development, according to the Nigerian Army, was a planned reprisal attack following the killing of seven Fulani herdsmen recently in Southern Kaduna.
The killing of the herdsmen was carried out after 14 March, 2014 killing of 119 persons in Bondong District of Kaura Local Government by some indigenes of Southern Kaduna in protest of the killing of their kinsmen.
Spokesman, One Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Colonel Usman Abdul, said the military carried out the action in good faith for public good.
Explaining how they averted the reprisal attacks, Abdul said, “We got reports that there is possibility of reprisal attacks following the killing of seven Fulani herdsmen after the killings in Manchok, it was this that influenced this foiled attack, hence we moved into action, if not, we would have been talking different thing now.
“We do not leave anything to chances; rather, we went into the area around 4a.m. and sealed the area. We recovered arms and arrested about 18 persons.”
He further denied that the military molested people in the community, saying, “We did not molest anyone; our operation was brief and nothing more than that happened. My plea is people should continue to cooperate with us for peace and harmony.”
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