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6/4/2024 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) — Within a week of meetings between the Christian Irigwe and Muslim Fulani leaders seeking peaceful relations, armed radical Islamic gunmen attacked a Christian community, killing five people. The attack occurred Sunday evening, June 2, in Kimapka, Kwall district, Irigwe chiefdom of Bassa Local government area in Plateau State.

According to a press release from the Irigwe Development Association (IDA), those killed in the attack include Dauda Dalyop, 63, pastor of Assemblies of God Church, Kwall; his wife Chummy Dauda, 57; Chwe Ajuhs, 26; Joshua Kusa, 45; and Rikwe Doro, 43. Sunday Abila, 36, was injured.

The Peace Implementation Committee meeting, organized by the Nigeria Army of Operations Save Heaven (OPSH) in Jos, sought to bring lasting peace between Christian Irigwe and Muslim Fulani communities in Plateau state.

“We relax thinking the Fulani Leaders will talk to the terrorists to stop the attacks, but on a sad note, the Fulani [militias] killed a pastor and wife with three other church members,” a local community leader told an International Christian Concern (ICC) staffer.

The Rev. Akus Odoh of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Miango district condemned the attack.

“Nigeria has lost its values, including its respected army in West Africa,” the reverend told an ICC staffer. “The government doesn’t respect the right to life.”

The Rev. Odoh called for a thorough investigation of the attack. He also condemned the Peace Implementation Committee meeting, saying that the Fulani Leaders who participated only practice peace with their words.

Sam Jugo, national publicity secretary of the IDA, also condemned the attack, referring to it as a “criminal invasion of the community.”

“We woke up this morning to another sad one,” he said. “In the middle of the night … criminal invaders attacked and killed five of our residents in cold blood …”

Jugo called for community members to remain calm and trust that authorities will bring justice. “We call on the security agencies to (find) the culprits so that the affected will see justice being served,” he said. “That’s the only way to restore the confidence of our people.”

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