Fulani Militants Attack Christians in Kaduna State, Nigeria

05/24/2020 Nigeria (Morning Star News) – On Saturday May 16th 2020, armed Muslim Fulani militants killed two Christians and kidnapped two others in Kaduna state, Nigeria. The attack happened at 8 pm in a predominantly Christian village called Ungwan Anjo. A local resident told Morning Star News the following, “Almost all houses in Ungwan Anjo were burnt down, churches affected include the ECWA [Evangelical Church Winning All], Anglican, ERCC [Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ], and the Redeemed Christian Church of God [RCCG].” One of SOKAPU’s leader Jonathan Asake stated that Fulani herdsmen attacked a different village in Kaduna earlier this month (May) which left about 15,000 Christians displaced without any intervention from the authorities. He said the following at a press conference, “The ongoing attacks on our community’s points to the fact that there is a deliberate ethnic cleansing ripping across southern Kaduna which the authorities have turned a blind eye to.”

The Fulani militants also abducted two members of a local Catholic church in Kaduna state. A local resident told Morning Star News the following, “The armed Muslim bandits attacked us with guns and machetes. The attack against us lasted for two hours. The situation is now calmed, but there is much tension as to whether our church members kidnapped two days earlier will be released or killed by the bandits.” Christians leaders in Kaduna state are extremely concerned about this violence happening in their area. One of these leaders, Rev John Hayab condemned the killings and kidnappings by stating the following in a press statement, “Recently, the general frenzy is that despite the continuing attacks on hapless Kajuru communities, those responsible for ensuring the security of lives and property are only but playing lips service to the security challenge. Apparently, the honesty and commitment towards seeking lasting solutions to wanton destruction of lives are lacking, resorting to the usual propaganda. No responsible government anywhere will act as if nothing was happening when a section of her citizens is killed.”

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