48 Christians Murdered in 9 Days in Nigeria

ICC Note

Christians in the Middle belt of Nigeria have been under constant attack for the past several weeks. Between Oct 8 and Oct 17, 48 Christians were killed in violent assaults by Fulani herdsman in Plateau, Nigeria.  In addition to the deaths, many other people were injured and houses destroyed. These kinds of atrocities are not new for this area, but the ferocity and number of attacks in this short period have caused major problems for the beleaguered citizens. Also, the fact that there is a military force stationed in the area, that has been completely ineffective, raises even more cause for concern.

 

2017-10-26 Nigeria (MorningStarNews) The church elder in Plateau state, Nigeria saw the Muslim Fulani herdsmen storm into his village at 11 p.m. the night of Oct. 13, shooting in all directions.

“Every one of us ran to save his life,” Dauda Samuel Kadiya, 38, of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Zanwrua, told Morning Star News. “I was shot at, but the bullet only bruised my hand. You can see the wound yourself.”

The assailants destroyed eight houses in the attack, one of several assaults in Plateau state that went on uninterrupted from Oct. 8 to Oct. 17, killing 48 Christians, survivors said.

“All Christians in villages around here have been displaced, and worship buildings have been abandoned,” Kadiya said. “Some of the church buildings were destroyed by the attackers.”

In Zanwrua village, 62-year-old Agado Aura recounted how he and his wife narrowly escaped death.

“Myself and my wife were still sitting in front of my house chatting at about 11 p.m. in front of my house when the attackers came,” Aura, a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Tafigana but a resident of Zanwrua, told Morning Star News. “We could not go to bed early, because the previous night a village near ours, Tafigana, was attacked by the herdsmen. Suddenly, we heard gunshots from the eastern part of the village. We ran into some of the nearby rocks close to my house and hid there.”

 

 

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