Fulani groups have revealed the identities of the persons who reportedly died in the killings recorded in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna State.
Governor Nasir el-Rufai, who broke the news of the attacks last week, said 66 Fulanis were murdered.
After his casualty figure was disputed by various groups and rights campaigners, the governor double down, claiming the death toll had risen to 130.
While the police have yet to confirm the figure, a statement issued under the aegis of Fulani organisations said it is undeniable that lives, livestock and property were lost in the attacks.
According to the statement, 66 bodies were initially recovered from mass graves during military operations, with 65 persons yet to be recovered.
“We are constrained to present to the public the names of the victims of this barbaric massacre because it appears those that want to deny these atrocities committed on the pastoralist community in Kajuru local government of Kaduna state ever took place are abating in their desperate attempts to misinform the public by politicizing the killings and downplaying the number of casualties in spite of all the evidence provided by the security agencies including photographs and videos,” the groups said.
The groups said the attacks have left the communities with a humanitarian crisis, while calling on the government and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the survivors.
According to them, “this is the third time that these forms of crimes are committed by the Adara communities against the pastoralist, now becoming a recurring phenomenon since 2017.”
The groups demanded that the Federal Government and Kaduna state government set up an independent panel to investigate the killings and bring the perpetrators to book.