Friday, June 27, 2014

110 victims of Kaduna attacks get mass burial

NO fewer than 110 victims of Monday and Tuesday's killings in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State were, yesterday, given mass burial.

Chairman of the local government, Mr. Emmanuel Adamu confirmed this development in a telephone interview withVanguard.
The National Chairman of Ninzom Progressive Youth, Mr. Bezard Wuyah, who also confirmed the mass burial, said those buried included an unnamed Igbo trader and his wife.

The victims were buried in a parcel of land between Gwantu Kurmi and Kobin near the local government.
Speaking on the issue, Adamu said: "We have just finished giving 110 people mass burial this (yesterday) afternoon. We had no choice, because their corpses were decomposing as a result of poor facilities at the hospitals.

"However, not all the dead were given mass burial. Some families were able to identify their loved ones, so they were allowed to take the bodies away. I cannot give the number of bodies taken away by families.
"All those that are injured will be treated by Sanga Local Government free of charge. Normalcy has returned with the beefing up of security in the area. Today (yesterday) we got eight Toyota Hilux loads of soldiers from Kaduna, who have come to join those already on ground.

"I want to appeal to all the people of Sanga to please forgive and leave vengeance to Almighty God. I beg everyone to remain law abiding, but vigilant."
On his part, Wuyah said: "This (yesterday) afternoon, our people who were killed without provocation were buried in a mass grave between Gwantu Kurmi and Kobin.

"It was not only our people that were killed. I am told that an Igbo man, who had lived long in Kobin, was killed along with his wife and his shop burnt by the Fulani herdsmen.
"Our land has been desecrated and we are deeply mourning. We do not expect the government to treat this with levity by taking our peaceful and law abiding nature for granted."

Meanwhile, the 24 hour curfew imposed on the area is still in force.

By Luka Binniyat

Reference: Vanguard News

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