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Nigeria: Fulani herdsmen kill 12 people in attacks on predominantly Christian villages in Nasarawa state

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“Fulani Herdsmen Kill 12 Christians in Central Nigeria,” Morning Star News, May 2, 2023:

ABUJA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists on April 16 killed 12 people in attacks on predominantly Christian villages of central Nigeria that continued until April 19, sources said.

The assailants burned down the house of a pastor and other homes belonging to Christians in the attacks on Tattara Mada, Migini, Angwan Barau and other villages in Kokona County, Nasarawa state, area residents said.

“The house of the pastor of the ECWA [Evangelical Church Winning All] local congregation in Tattara Mada village was burned down, and dozens of other houses belonging to Christians there were also destroyed by the herdsmen,” the Rev. Danladi Ndoh, village resident and chairman of the ECWA Angwan Takwa District, told Morning Star News by phone. “Hundreds of our church members have been displaced, and this is aside from the 12 Christians killed.”

Area resident Chorio Musa identified the assailants as Fulani terrorists.

“The victims were murdered like animals, while some inhabitants of these communities are still missing,” Musa said in a text message to Morning Star News. “Valuables worth millions of naira have been lost. More than 50 houses have been burnt down to ashes, and food and cash crops were burnt to ashes, too.”

Survivors were stranded without any assistance from the Nasarawa state government, he said.

Pastor Elisha Tangwai said the entire village of Tattara Mada was in confusion after the killings on April 16.

“Let us pray for God’s intervention, for peace to be restored and for sanity to prevail in this community,” Pastor Tagwai said in a text message to Morning Star News.

Pius Kyubeh of the Mada Development Association said 86 homes were destroyed in area communities.

“Tattara Mada is a settlement which predominantly has a collection of thousands of Mada Christians adjoining with other villages like Kama Yanda, Kama Madaki, Ngah Habu, Angwan Barrau, Angwan Takpa, etc.,” Kyubeh said. “These attacks carried out by armed Fulani against unarmed Mada Christians of Tattara Mada and environs is the height of unbridled terrorism, as has been perpetrated in other parts of central Nigeria.”

Kyubeh said that in his team’s visits to the area, villagers told them no fewer than 12 Christians were killed by well-armed Fulani herder/militias.

“Many Christians have been rendered homeless, and in some cases, Christians have been forced to flee from their homes,” he said….

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