Bestselling author, Lawyer, pastor and founder of a multimedia project, Build Up Nigeria, Reno Omokri has made a personal donation of half a million naira to victims of the ongoing killings in the southern part of Kaduna state, North West Nigeria.
In a tweet monitored on his official Twitter handle @renoomokri, the outspoken former aide to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan the money was paid to the CAN Chairman Kaduna Branch, Rev Hayab, and Sheikh Maraya, leader of the Kaduna Muslim community and encouraged all well-meaning Nigerians to likewise make donations with a view to alleviating the sufferings and pains of the helpless people of Southern Kaduna who are currently witnessing a series of bloodletting by so-called bandits across communities in that part of Kaduna state.
It will be recalled that over a sustained period, a series of senseless killings and deliberate massacre of innocent Nigerians in communities across Southern Kaduna usually in the dead of the night by heavily armed militia men.
Earlier today, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) had reported that contrary to the claim by the police, 33 persons were between Wednesday and Thursday alone killed by Fulani militia in some villages in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Kaduna State Police Command on its part had claimed that 21 natives of the area lost their lives during the attack by the bandits.
Speaking on the fresh killings, the National Public Relations Officer of the SOKAPU, Mr. Luka Binniyat, said in a statement titled, ‘33 killed in Zango Kataf in Kaduna on Thursday’ that prior to the attack, there was intensive patrol and the security personnel enforced the 24-hour curfew, but sadly, “when the gunmen struck, they were not on the ground.”
Binniyat added that the attackers operated between 11pm and 4am this morning before they left unchallenged.
The statement read in part, “Last night, 33 Atyap natives, who were among hundreds of thousands of already starving indigenes under a 24-hour rigidly imposed curfew that was 65 days yesterday, were killed in five Atyap villages in Atyap Chiefdom, Zango Kataf LGA in southern part of Kaduna State by Fulani militia.
“Last night, around 11pm, truckloads of armed Fulani militia made their way through military checkpoints under the curfew and stormed Apiashyim and Kibori villages. They laid siege to Apyaishyim, killing, looting and burning houses. In the wake of the cruelty, they left six people dead, and 20 houses burnt.”