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Dozens of Christians killed in week of violence in Nigeria

Posted by on May 3, 2021 — Drop A Comment


Radicalised Fulani herdsmen killed 10
Christians sheltering in a camp for
displaced people in north-central Nigeria on
Monday night.
The attack took place at a camp situated
along the Makurdi-Lafia highway in
Abagena, Benue State, Morning Star
News reports.
The camp is home to around 7,000 people
who have been displaced due to ongoing
violence by herdsmen.
Survivor David Akiga told the website that
10 were killed and 9 injured in Monday’s
attack.

It brings the Christian death toll in Benue
state in the last week to 33 after attacks by
herdsmen on five largely Christian
communities across Guma County on
Saturday left 17 Christians dead.

A few days earlier, on April 21, six
Christians were killed in attacks by
herdsmen in Guma, Makurdi and Agatu
counties, according to a local official.
Terver Akase, spokesman for Benue
Governor Samuel Ortom, confirmed the
attacks.
“Gov. Ortom expressed shock over the
attack on the displaced Christians and
described it as cowardly by men possessed
by evil,” the spokesman said.
“He said these unprovoked attacks were
becoming unacceptable.”

The deaths of the Christians fall within
wider violence occuring in Benue State,
with over 70 in total killed in Guma,
Makurdi and Gwer West local government
areas in the last two weeks, he said.
Akase said the state’s “patience is being
overstretched in spite of our preaching of
rule of law and due process.”
“You can see that the people are fed up,”
he said.
In another part of Nigeria, Kaduna state,
one Christian was killed and five others
abducted when suspected Fulani herdsmen
attacked a Baptist worship service on
Sunday.
The herdsmen rode into Manini Tasha
village on motorbikes and opened fire at
Haske Baptist Church at around 9am.

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The victim, Zakariah Dogonyaro, was a
doctor with the Kaduna State Ministry of
Health, his nephew Yakubu Bala told
Morning Star News.
His sister-in-law, stepmother and niece
were in the group of worshippers abducted
during the attack, he said.
The Rev Caleb Ma’aji, secretary of the
Kaduna state chapter of the Christian
Association of Nigeria (CAN), condemned
the Nigerian government over its failure to
stem attacks and kidnappings, which he
said have “hijacked” the country.

“We wonder, what is the crime of innocent
citizens, and how come the terrorists
appear more free and protected than the
citizens?” he said.
“This is a challenge to the government;
indeed a government that is unable to
guarantee the safety of its citizens and
their properties will be best termed a failed
government.”


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