Mr. Samuel Aruawan, spokesman of Mr. Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna state governor had on Friday on the eve of Presidential and National Assembly elections reported the killing of 66 persons in Maro community at Kajuru local government of Kaduna state.
El-Rufai said the 66 persons killed were Fulanis describing the action as tragic. “These deliberate killings are designed to attract reprisals and destabilize the local government during the election, the governor said.
The governor, however, said the security agencies have contained the attack and made some arrest. He further promised that he will be going to the community to ascertain the level of damage during the attack.
Multiple sources spoken to by WEST AFRICA REPORTERS (WAR) said there was no killing of 66 persons as claimed by the Kaduna state governor.
Mrs. Ladi James, a resident of Kajuru while speaking to WAR said she challenges the Kaduna state governor to show the world the corpses of those killed and houses burnt. There was no attack and no 66 Fulanis were killed she said.
Mr. Michael Agidi, who said he lives at Kajuru and travels from the local government to the city centre every day because he sells cloth, said he is not aware of any attack let alone the killing of 66 Fulanis. As we speak am on the road going to Kaduna town and the road is calm and peaceful, he told WAR via telephone conversations.
Mr. Joseph Hayab, Chairman, Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN in a press statement on Saturday faulted Nasir el-Rufai claim, accusing him of deliberately giving out misinformation to deceive Nigerians and the international community.
Some have also called out el-rufai on social media to stop spreading fake news and apologize for spreading rumours.
Mr. Williams Kaura, in his tweeter handle @billabba tweeted “The governor of Kaduna misrepresented the facts in the recent crisis that claimed some lives in certain communities in Kajuru. Clearly, the narrative is flawed. It was wrong for the governor to have alluded to one ethnic group as being victims of attack”
Another witness, Mr. Nyet Afai, who was at the community after the alleged attack tweeted using his handle @souleymaneA1 “This is Marabar Kajuru in Kaduna State, no one stopped me on the way because of a fake crisis earlier reported by @channelstv and their likes. We will not fight anyone in Southern Kaduna; elrufai should take his fake news and plans against us, to Mali. We reached Kaduna safely.
Another witness, who gave his name as Kaduna Boy tweeted using hand handle “@dallatu_daniel “Please you all are spreading rumors nothing is happening in kajuru I am there at the moment Stop spreading rumours”
Worse still, the Kaduna state governor is one of APC officials who have on different occasions frowned at fake news.