April 3, 2019

Adara massacre: M-Belt Forum seeks EU, US, UK’s intervention

By Chris Ochayi

Worried by what it described as the spate of genocide against Adara natives in Kajuru and Kachia Local Government Areas of Kaduna State by suspected Fulani militias, Middle Belt Forum, MBF, yesterday, called for the intervention of the international community to stop the alleged massacre.

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The forum, particularly, pleaded with United Nations, UN; European Union, EU; United States of America, USA, and British Parliament to mount pressure on Governor Nasir el-Rufai and other relevant authorities in Nigeria to stop the killings of innocent people.

Briefing newsmen in Abuja, National President of MBF, Dr. Bitrus Pogu, said: “We wish to inform the world that there is an ongoing genocide across the Middle Belt region by armed Fulani herdsmen as presently ongoing in Adara communities, Southern Kaduna, which has been grossly under-reported by local media.

“This probably explains why the massacres have not caught the attention of international media. We call on the international community to mount pressure on Governor el-Rufai and other relevant authorities in Nigeria to stop these killings of innocent men, women and children by deploying adequate security personnel to ensure quick restoration of peace to these besieged communities.”

The forum also sought the attention of the state and Federal Government to tackle the food, medication and shelter needs of displaced persons located in various camps and hospitals.

According to him, “we call on the Federal Government to set up a commission of inquiry to probe the alleged killings of Fulani as alleged by el-Rufai to show proof of these killings, as Adara natives have continued to state their innocence over the governor’s claim, which has continued to be the anvil of these senseless massacres.

“Membership of this commission should include forensic experts, security agencies, community and religious leaders, other interest groups, among others, to ascertain the veracity of el-Rufai’s allegation.

“The commission should also investigate the circumstances surrounding the abduction and eventual brutal assassination of the Adara Monarch, Dr. Galadima.

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“Since the police in November 2018 paraded some suspects behind the killing of the paramount ruler, not a word has been heard on the matter.

“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of nine Adara leaders, who are presently being detained in prison over unsubstantiated allegations of conspiracy and homicide.

“The detention of leaders of victim communities, including the Wazirin Adara, who is the next in command to the slain monarch, cannot augur well for peace. We also appeal for the retention of the pre-2015 status of all traditional institutions in Kaduna State be maintained.”