A busy commercial town in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State has been thrown into confusion after gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen assassinated the District Head of Fadan Karshi, Mr. Bala Madaki and his nephew, Emmanuel Tanko.
Madaki, 66, and his nephew were violently murdered around 10.30pm in the village on May 1, 2016.
Vanguard reports that following the gruesome murder of the community ruler and his nephew, the community has been deserted, just as shops and worship centres are under lock and key.
Eye-witnesses said the attackers invaded the village while the residents were sleeping.
A community leader, Pastor Mike Makarfi, said the gunmen who stormed the community around 10pm moved straight to his compound, went to his room and gunned him down.
He said they also his nephew who was writing the ongoing West African School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
He said following the murder and the attendant fear, people are either leaving the community or staying indoors as no one knows what would follow next, adding that police are patrolling the streets but not sure if any suspect has been apprehended in connection with the murder.
“I want you to recall that this was the district head that received former Governor Mukhtar Yero on September 22, 2014, when our women protested half-naked because of the scale of killings by Fulani going on at that time.
“Today, the type of killings going on are those of isolated people. Cattle are also grazing freely on people’s farms in these areas of Sanga and people are afraid to do anything about it.
“Now they are targeting people and eliminating them. What people are saying about the killings of our district head is that he may have been killed by Fulani who have a grudge against him and this community.
“In May, 2014, some Fulani armed men invaded the police station here and seven people were killed. As they were escaping, two were killed in an exchange of gunfire between them and the police,” he said