ICC Note: A Christian pastor was murdered by suspected Fulani militants on June 30. Rev. Joseph Kurah, a pastor from Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), was attacked by two armed men while he was tending to his farm with three other men. The three others managed to escape but Kurah died from his injuries sustained when the Fulani reportedly hacked him repeatedly with machetes. A local radical Muslim man allegedly hired the attackers after he had gotten in an argument with the pastor. This gruesome murder of pastor Kurah has deeply saddened and angered the local Christian community and many are now afraid for their lives. The Fulani militants have murdered thousands of Christians since 2001, leaving destroyed churches, homes, and land in their wake.
07/06/2016, Nasarawa, Nigeria (World Watch Monitor) – A pastor with the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), in Obi town, in Nigeria’s central State of Nasarawa, was killed by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen, on 30 June.
Rev. Joseph Kurah, accompanied by three other people, went to his farm at about 7 pm to cut down trees for roofing wood. But as they arrived at the farm, two armed men suddenly appeared from behind them, local sources told World Watch Monitor.
The attackers chased them and quickly surrounded Rev. Kurah while his three companions managed to flee in different directions without harm. The lifeless and severely mutilated body of Rev Kurah was later recovered from the scene.
Local sources told WWM that the attackers, who spoke Fulani, were dressed as Fulani herdsmen with their faces open, showing tribal marks on their cheeks.