At least 14 Fulani herdsmen have been attacked, hacked and burnt to death by an irate mob on Monday in Kaduna state.
A source who witnessed the incident revealed that fourteen people were “hacked and burnt” to death over the weekend.
“I was returning from Plateau state with eight passengers, all of them Fulani herders,” commercial bus driver Adamu Aliyu told AFP.
Aliyu, whose vehicle felt the massacre, told the agency that his bus had broken down in Kaduna state, so he left it to go search for a mechanic.
“While I was away a mob surrounded the vehicle and forcibly brought out the eight passengers. They hacked them to death, dumped them in the vehicle and set it ablaze,”
“Another vehicle was also attacked when it stopped to refuel and all the six people were burnt to death along with the car,” he added.
The commercial driver further stated that the incident led to a riot, adding that “When the situation calmed I returned to my vehicle and found its burnt carcass with charred remains of the passengers.”
In agreement with the commercial driver, Jema’a local government chairman Bege Katuka said the area was thrown into chaos with “indiscriminate” shooting a night before.
“On Saturday suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Godogodo and opened indiscriminate fire on residents.”
“The following day youth in the area mobilised and blocked the highway, vandalising vehicles and attacking motorists,” Katuka said.
Confirming the incident, the Kaduna state police spokesman Aliyu Usman, however stated that only two people had died during the attack and riot.