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ICC Note:  Police in Nigeria’s Plateau State have called for greater security personnel in response to continued attacks from Fulani Herdsmen on indigenous Christians in the “Middle Belt” region of Nigeria.  These attacks have been occurring for years with seemingly no state protection from or legal recourse against the offenders.  The requests by police officials to try to end the violence come as a welcome change to seeming apathy held by both the state and federal governments of Nigeria.  The Fulani herdsmen have been known to murder agrarian Nigerian Christians with heavy-grade weapons, as well as murdering and maiming Nigerian farmers in increasingly common machete hacking attacks.  Although Boko Haram rightly receives attention as a root cause of Christian persecution in Nigeria, the Fulani herdsmen also have a long history of murdering Christians, many of which continue largely unnoticed.  

By Seriki Adinoyi

6/29/15, Jos, Nigeria (This Day Live) – As the rage by suspected Fulani herdsmen continue on Plateau villages with attendant killings, maiming, and destruction of property despite the imposition of curfew by the state government on the affected areas, the state Police command has requested for more personnel and vehicles for reinforcement to enable it live up to the challenges.

Addressing newsmen in Jos yesterday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nasiru Oki said the hostility in the council areas between the Fulani and the natives was an age long crisis that seems to have defied solutions, adding that his command was however determined to put an end to it.…

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