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Jonathan Visits Katsina, Orders JTF To Fight Boko Haram In Rugu Forest

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Jonathan Visits Katsina, Orders JTF To Fight Boko Haram In Rugu Forest

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March 14, 2014 – Jonathan Visits Katsina, Order JTF To Fight Boko Haram In Rugu Forest

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Katsina directed the Armed Forces to comb the Rugu Forest and rid it of insurgents launching attacks in some parts of the North.

He gave the directive at a dinner reception organised for him by the Katsina State government as part of his two-day visit to the state, on the tail of recent attacks by Fulani gunmen in Maigora village in the Faskari Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina state.

The attacks led to the death of dozens of people. The Rugu Forest borders the four states of Katsina, Zamfara, Niger and Kaduna, and the neighbouring Niger Republic.

“It is unfortunate that the forest meant for economic purposes has turned to a hide-out and haven for insurgents who are launching attacks on the states,’’ President Jonathan said.

He also directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately swing into action in the delivery of relief materials to the affected communities

The gunmen on motorbikes killed at least 69 people and torched several homes in attacks on four villages, a local lawmaker told AFP Thursday, amid rising communal tension in the region.

The state’s police chief, Hurdi Mohammed, who gave a lower toll of 30 dead, told AFP the violence was perpetrated by ethnic Fulani herdsmen who have been blamed for scores of deadly raids.

“So far, 69 bodies have been recovered from the attacks carried out by a large group of gunmen riding on motorcycles,” said Katsina lawmaker Abbas Abdullahi Michika of the violence which first broke out late Tuesday.

“The victims include men, women and children. Rescue teams are still combing nearby bushes in search for more bodies,” he told AFP.

He specified that 47 people were killed in the village of Mararrabar Maigora while seven deaths were recorded in both Kura Mota and Unguwar Rimi.

Another eight people were killed in Maigora, according to Michika.

Fulani leaders have for years complained about the loss of grazing land which is crucial to their livelihood, with resentment between the herdsmen and their agrarian neighbours rising over the past decade.

Most of the Fulani-linked violence has been concentrated in the religiously divided centre of the country, where rivalries between mostly Muslim herdsmen and mostly Christian farmers have helped fuel the unrest.

While there is no religious element to the conflict in Katsina, which is overwhelmingly Muslim, tensions between the Fulani and ethnically Hausa farmers have worsened in recent months. Residents have blamed the Fulani for several violent robberies this year.

Three people were killed earlier this month in Katsina when suspected Fulani gunmen opened fire at a checkpoint.

The police chief insisted the attacks were not linked to Islamist group Boko Haram, whose insurgency has killed more than 500 people in the northeast already this year.

[NAN]

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Ibana Meu

    March 14, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    go there urself now what is stopping you

    • Stephen paul

      March 14, 2014 at 5:11 AM

      Hey whats your own problem,, will he be the President and at the same hand the Army, Jtf , police etc.
      You are not even happy his trying to save you illuminati, vampare,demolic,evil,blood sucking 4-stroke I.c engines full.
      Nice one GEJ GOb bless you for good jobs.

    • victor

      March 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      i can perceive u re a natural fool for saying that. He landed on the state, that shows his intent, desire and commitment to see dat dis our nations nightmare is been put to rest. why don,t you go give him a gun yourself. you better stop watching James Bond movies

  2. abdullahi sumbo

    March 14, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    JONATHAN IS THE MOST WORSTEST GOVERNOR IN NIGERIA SHE THINK SHE CAN TOLD JTF TO GO GO GO..I PITY YOU JONATEN…YOU MUST BE A JOVACULATOLI NOKIA

  3. Nathan

    March 14, 2014 at 6:10 AM

    Abdullahi, u can tell you are an ***** man , can not speak a common english upon all the money invested in the north you still and your fellow tribes can not speak a damn english, blame ur brothers Buhari, Atiku and the rest of them for causing this infeno

  4. anonymous

    March 14, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Abdulahi sumbo hear urself is jonathan the governor of president pls if u don’t know what to say keep quiet n let reasonable pple comment olodo

  5. ranting mouth

    March 14, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    hahahahaha, i beg make una leave Abdulahi alone oo, English is a borrowed language ooo, if him she n he no sabi spoke anglis, make una try am 4 Arabic, hahahahahaha, mumu like dem

  6. Prophet Gbenga Rotimi "KINI IWO NFE"

    March 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Surely this country will grow up as the Lord lived, Brethren, let us be pronounce positive word to this country because we donate the country.
    A word of the day, please my great people on this media, dont use this media to be fighting each others, the word of GOD says ” Hatred stirs up strife: but love covers all sins.”
    * 08038433483 #

  7. Kvz

    March 14, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Hahahahahaha adulahi u mumu e see u is jonathan a he or a she, is he a Governor or a president, is his name spelt as Jonathan or jonaten. Why cnt u close up ur damn fuck ilitrate bushy smelly mouth nd go and learn ABCD Nd stop suportin ur Bokoharam type of religeon

  8. ibro

    March 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    nigerians wit tribalistic disease na wawoooo pple are advancing in the world but nigerians still my tribe my region

  9. olamileka

    March 14, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    In d history of our first father if there is sumtin lyk diz they wil look 4 all d way out, but we can blame jonathan Ebele they are usin dis people as machinary to kill citizen 4 there own sercrifics. We are now call dem book haram.

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