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Nigeria: More than 150 Christians Killed in Plateau State

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“More than 150 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria,” Morning Star News, June 27, 2023:

ABUJA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Fulani terrorists in Plateau state, Nigeria killed more than 150 Christians in the first three weeks of June, including a church pastor, sources said.

The killing of the Rev. Nichodemus Kim of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Gana-Ropp, Barkin Ladi County on June 11 brought to three the number of pastors slain in recent attacks in Plateau state.

Plateau Gov. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang last week issued a statement confirming the killings.

“Conservatively, in the last three weeks, we have buried not less than 150 people in Mangu Local Government Area,” he said. “And this is aside from not less than 30,000 people scattered in various Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps that we are having to deal with now.”

Residents of Mangu, Barkin Ladi and Riyom counties said the terrorists destroyed dozens of houses belonging to Christians, along with a COCIN worship building, in the first three weeks of the month.

Fulani terrorists on June 20 attacked Mangu, Riyom and Barkin counties, killing 15 people in the predominantly Christian communities of Bwoi and Chisu, said area resident Bamshak Ishaya.

“The attackers of our villages are Muslims who are Fulani herdsmen,” Ishaya said in a text message to Morning Star News. “They attacked our villages of Bwoi and Chisu while we were sleeping at about 11 p.m. The herdsmen burnt down our houses, including a church worship building of the COCIN and the offices of the COCIN Regional Council in Bwoi. Some of the Christian victims were burnt alive in their houses as the herdsmen set fire on their houses.”

Markus Artu, a member of the Mangu Local Government Council, confirmed the attacks in a press statement, as did Bala Fwangje, the legislator representing the area in the Plateau State House of Assembly.

“All I can say is that war has been declared on Christians in Mangu,” Fwangje said. “The terrorists are just attacking and killing Christians in most of the communities around Mangu. The attacks started on Tuesday, 20 June, in the Bwoi community, and then spread to Mangu town and Sabon Gari areas. Christians here really need help.”

Also on June 20, in Riyom County herdsmen ambushed and killed six Christians in Rahoss-Sambak village as mourners transported the corpse of an accident victim to their village for burial, said area resident Christopher Pam.

“There was an accident involving a Christian villager from Rahoss-Sambak village,” Pam said. “Some members of our community had gone to convey the corpse of the victim back to the village for burial at about 7 p.m. when armed Muslim Fulanis ambushed them. Six of them were killed during the ambush.”

One June 18 in Barkin Ladi County, herdsmen killed 20 people in the predominantly Christian villages of Kak, Ranyam, Nging, Lohala and Buka, while two others were killed in Mangu town, Mangu County, area residents said.

Herdsmen attacks on Barkin Ladi had begun the night of June 17 in Rawuru, where 13 Christians were killed, said area resident Solomon Dalyop.

Herdsmen on June 11 killed 21 Christians in Riyom and Barkin Ladi countries, said area community leader Rwang Tengwong.

“Twenty one Christians were killed and several others injured on Sunday [June 11] during coordinated attacks by Fulani militias on residents of Rim, Jol and Kwi communities of Riyom LGA, as well as Gana-Ropp community in Barkin Ladi LGA,” Tengwong said….

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