The death toll in the invasion of Godogodo town, Jema’ah Local Government Area, Kaduna State, by suspected Fulani herdsmen has risen to 40, Vanguard reports.
Sources from the Southern Kaduna Peoples Unions (SOKAPU) – the umbrella body of the 67 tribal groupings of Southern Kaduna, say that more deaths may be recorded.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Command, Aliyu Usman, however, said the death toll remained 20, although admitting that the figure could rise.
On the number of casualties left in the wake of the attack on Godogodo, a youth leader, who did not want his name disclosed, said: “On Sunday, we were able to get 20 corpses.
“But after the attackers were chased out this morning (yesterday), we went into the town and recovered badly burnt corpses.
“We retrieved corpses that were so badly burnt that you would not know if they were males or females. We now have about 40 dead persons. There could be more, because we are still searching.”
The national president of SOKAPU said Godogodo community had been deserted following the attack.
“Godogodo town, once again, came under an unprovoked attack by Fulani herdsmen from Saturday, October 15, 2016 to Sunday, October 16. This is despite the frantic calls for help from the villagers on those constitutionally saddled with the task of safeguarding Nigerian citizens,” he said.
He said apart from the 40 corpses identified by the natives, virtually all houses in the town had been burnt.
Musa said, “The herdsmen wreaked maximum havoc by killing our people. So far, the people of the town have been able to identify not less than 40 corpses aside from the several other corpses burnt beyond recognition. Virtually, all the houses in the town have been burnt.