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Nigeria: Church Burned, Three Killed, 25 Homes Also Burned

The Nigerian government officials who should be protecting the Christians appear to be powerless to do so, or uninterested in doing so.

For information about Orthodox Christianity in Nigeria, see here.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria from ChristianPersecution.com, see here.

“Church Burned, Three Killed In Central Nigeria,” International Christian Concern, April 6, 2022:

04/06/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Early Monday morning, April 4th, Fulani militants attacked Christians in central Nigeria’s Miango District.  

According to ICC’s correspondent in Nigeria, the attack by Islamist extremists killed three people and injured one. Additionally, 25 homes and 40 barns were burned. The village community church, called the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), was burned to the ground. The militants were able to do considerable damage to the community before security personnel showed up.   

“The Fulani killed my father and brother during the attack,” a resident of the village of Ariri told ICC. He continued, “My neighbor was also killed, and my sister sustained a gunshot wound.” …  

For years, ICC has been following the conflict in Nigeria between the groups of militant Fulani herdsmen who hold extremist Muslim views and the predominately Christian farming communities.  

Monday’s attack followed closely on the heels of several other attacks by Fulani militants that occurred between Monday, March 29, and Sunday, April 3. Sunday’s attack happened just 50 meters away from a significant military checkpoint, said a local youth leader, yet the military did not intervene…. 

The attack on March 30 razed 15 houses, according to Mr. Robert Ashi, the President of Irigwe Development Association, a local tribal association.   

All the attacks were carried out by “Fulani Militia,” according to a report from Ashi.   

“The military commander in Plateau State, where these attacks took place, Maj. Gen. Sallau Ali, a Fulani Muslim, was previously accused of collaboration with terrorists. He did not intervene in any of the incidents,” said a local source. 

“If the people will be killed repeatedly and the government will not show concern, it suggests nothing but complicity,” he continued….

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