Goska Village in ruins after the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen

THE United Nations, UN yesterday waded into the festering crisis in Southern Kaduna, promising to look into the killings that have plagued the area with a view to ensuring that justice prevails. This development was contained in a memo sent to the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, by Dr Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur of the United Nations on Extra-Judicial or Arbitrary Executions. The UN move is sequel to SERAP’s petition urging the international body to intervene in the extra-judicial murders in Southern Kaduna, where many people, including women and children have lost their lives.

SERAP, in a petition dated December 30, 2016 had urged the UN to ensure that government identifies “the perpetrators and bring them to justice, and to provide reparations to victims.” This is coming as the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, accused the Council of Imams & Ulamas of Kaduna of being hypocritical in its call for the arrest of CAN leaders for inflammatory and inciting comments on the issue, just as the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI said it is yet to forget how Christians killed Muslims in 2011 in Southern Kaduna. Dr Callamard, in a communication sent to SERAP, yesterday, said: “Many thanks to SERAP for your petition. I am writing to confirm that I have well received it and will review it with great attention. I will update you on follow-up interventions.” Equally, SERAP in its statement confirmed receipt of the memo while commending the body for its quick response and promise for intervention.