BreakingNews 12/4/16 - Dangers Of Fulani Janjaweed In Nigeria: Why State Political & Security Actors Must Tread With Caution & Learn From Darfur & Rwandan Human Disasters

[ Masterweb Reports: Intersociety reports ] - (Onitsha Nigeria, 12th of April 2016)-The Janjaweed are a militia that operates in Darfur, Western Sudan, and Eastern Chad. Using the United Nations definition, the Janjaweed comprised Sudanese Arab tribes, the core of whom are from the Abbala (camel herder) background with significant recruitment from the Baggara (cattle herder) people(source: Wikipedia 2016).  Since 2003, the Janjaweed has been a major player or party in the bloody conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan; fighting the Sudanese Liberation Movement/Army and the Justice and Equality Movement. The violent conflict killed 200,000-400,000 civilians between 2003 and 2007 with hundreds of thousands of others maimed and millions of others displaced. In 2008, the United States declared the killings in Dafur as genocide and attempts to wipe out African tribes of Darfur in Sudan. The Sudanese Janjaweed is commanded by Sheik Musa Hilal; named in 2004 by the US State Department as one of the leading Janjaweed commanders and genocide criminals in Darfur Sudan.




The worst of it all is that the Janjaweed was and is still a proxy armed opposition group fully backed by the rogue Government of Omar Hassan al-Bashir, who has riotously ruled Sudan since 1989 (27 years). In early 2006, many Janjaweed elements were absolved into the Sudan Armed Forces including the Popular Defense Force and the Border Guards. The riotous and rogue Government of Omar Hassan al-Bashir ensured these by creating the office of the Minister in charge of Humanitarian Affairs & Darfur; headed by Ahmad Muhammad Harun. Defying the UN Security Council’s call on Sudanese Government to disarm the Janjaweed, the UNSC later referred the Darfur civilian butcheries for the investigation and prosecution of the trio of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, principal Janjaweed commanders including Sheik Musa Hilal and Ahmad Muhamad Harun (minister in charge of Humanitarian Affairs & Darfur) by the office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC); leading to issuance of international arrest warrants to the trio on 14th of July 2008; accusing and charging them for masterminding the attempts to wipe out African tribes in Darfur through a campaign of murder, rape and deportation using and arming the Janjaweed armed opposition or proxy State actor group. Just recently, the South African Constitutional Court ruled that “President Omar Hassan al-Bashir ought to have been arrested and handed over to the ICC when he attended an AU function in the country in 2015”. President Bashir had also announced that he will step down in 2020 when his current autocratic tenure/regime ends in the same year.


The historical demystification and analysis above is to bring to the fore the ongoing replication of the Janjaweed disastrous episode in Nigeria where the country’s spy or secret police (DSS) has lately exposed the Government’s preferential treatment of a section of the country, which the DSS referred to as “Hausa-Fulani citizens” as well as treatment of those referred to as “Fulani Herdsmen” as the “untouchables”. Till date, the Federal Government of Muhammadu Buhari and its security forces have not stopped condoning, aiding and abetting the atrocities of the Fulani Terror Group (erroneously called “Fulani Herdsmen”). Most calamitous of such atrocities is ceaseless massacring and abduction of innocent Nigerians; mostly of Christian population and mainly of rural background. Most, if not all those behind the Fulani Terror atrocities in Nigeria are still on the prowl; with none under diligent and comprehensive criminal investigations in the country or any part thereof; not to talk of prosecution.




The recent investigation carried out by the public security and safety department of Intersociety clearly demystifies the pattern of violence and its application by Nigeria’s newest Janjaweed (Fulani terrorists). The summary of the investigation shows that there exists a strike force or well coordinated military wing, which is well trained and better armed; with proxy and illicit supplied small arms. It further discloses that the Fulani herdsmen as seen by ordinary Nigerians on daily basis with their herds of cattle do not, by themselves, usually carry out the killing, massacring and abduction of their innocent preys; but they provide basic intelligence, surveillance coverage and bases for their military wing to unleash their mayhem on unarmed and innocent citizens. That is to say that as they take their herds of cattle into the rain forests and southern communities; they identify their potential preys; encircle them and notify their military wing through well established and coordinated communication modes. This basic intelligence, identification of their potential preys and bases are mostly done in the day time; while armory and personnel movements and attacks are mostly carried out at night and at hours of the blue law. Hit and retreat characterizes their attacks and their weapon (small arms) depots and movements are clearly and tactically mapped out and made highly secretive.


These, at times, are known to their kinsmen in the country’s security forces, who also aid and abet; particularly in securitization areas where they are at helm of operational affairs. Sometimes security forces openly aid and abet the well coordinated massacre of unarmed and innocent Christian dwellers by Fulani Terrorists (i.e. Agatu massacre). The motive behind this well coordinated and carefully orchestrated violence is agro-ethnic and politico-religious. We also understand that an executive sponsored or proxy bill is before the National Assembly, seeking to make it mandatory or by fire by force for grazing grounds to be created in every State for the Fulani Herdsmen and their terror militancy. Executively speaking, the Governors of the country’s 36 States particularly those of the rain forests have reportedly been given a matching order by the Presidency to source for lands and earmark them for “Fulani Herdsmen”. With these and more, the Government of Muhammadu Buhari can never escape individual and vicarious liabilities for the atrocities of the murderous and butchering ethno-religious fundamentalist group (Fulani Janjaweed).


The Fulani Terror Group; Nigeria’s newest Janjaweed, has continuously spread its terror to major rain forest parts of Nigeria and other southern communities, targeting Christian population, who are mainly rural farmers. The Terror Group is now the world’s fourth most deadly terror group, according to the Global Terror Watch Index (GTWI). In 2014 alone, according to GTWI, it killed at least 1,229 unarmed citizens and in seven months of 2015 (January-July), it killed 631 unarmed civilians and between June 2015 and April 2016, it has killed over 900 unarmed civilians. In 2010, it stormed Dogo na Hauwa Community in Plateau State and massacred over 500 mostly rural Christian farmers. Just recently, hundreds of mostly rural Christians in Agatu area of Benue State were slaughtered by the Janjaweed. Till date, the Terror Group’s killing spree is yet to be abated or check-mated by Nigerian authorities. Killing of unarmed villagers and abduction of Christian missionaries by the Terror Group have continued in Enugu, Benue, Delta, etc. In all these, the Federal Government of Nigeria, led by Gen Muhammadu Buhari has notoriously e
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