Pros­e­cute people caught with arms –Coali­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Sun­day Isuwa, Kaduna

People ar­rested with arms in Kafan­chan, Kwoi and Lad­duga in Kaduna State should be pros­e­cuted if the govern­ment is se­ri­ous about stem­ming the fre­quent at­tacks in South­ern Kaduna, a coali­tion of com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment as­so­ci­a­tions, civil so­ci­ety and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions said yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence in Kaduna, the co­or­di­na­tor of the groups made up of SOKAPU, Gu­rara Fo­rum, farm­ers as­so­ci­a­tion, lawyers and South­ern Kaduna Women’s Fo­rum, Barr Zakari Sogfa, said if the Kaduna State govern­ment does not pros­e­cute those ar­rested with arms, they would have no op­tion than to take it to the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court (ICC) at The Hague.

“While we note that since the early 1980s there have been spo­radic at­tacks on the people of South­ern Kaduna, the present state of gen­er­al­ized war­fare and geno­cide in­ten­si­fied from 2011 against the people of South­ern Kaduna. The main char­ac­ter­is­tic of the on-go­ing as­saults on our com­mu­ni­ties is that they are care­fully planned, or­ga­nized and ex­e­cuted with heartless vi­cious­ness and on in­cre­men­tal bases. Be­tween 1981 and 2010 there were 16 in­ci­dences of such at­tacks. How­ever, be­tween 2011 and 2014, over a pe­riod of just 4 years, 37 of such at­tacks have been

launched against our hos­pitable, ac­com­mo­dat­ing, peace­ful and law abid­ing com­mu­ni­ties,” the group said. The coali­tion noted that in most of the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties, women and chil­dren had been killed and bru­tally mur­dered.

PHOTO

People liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties on a pay pa­rade to re­ceive their monthly al­lowances in Dutse, Ji­gawa yes­ter­day.

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