Over 31 Christians Slaughtered in Plateau State, Nigeria


Islamic extremists Fulani herdsmen yesterday, attacked two villages in Plateau state, Nigeria at about 12:30 a.m., killing over 25 Christians, following the deaths of six others last week, sources said.

Thousands of people have already been displaced in the attacks in Mangu County that began on Monday (Jan. 22), residents said.

“My village, Kwahaslalek, a Christian community, was attacked at about 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 24 January, by terrorists and herdsmen,” Hosea Ibrahim told Morning Star News in a text message. “The invaders surrounded the village at about midnight, and they shot at anyone they sighted. Twenty-five Christians who were mostly women and children were killed during the attack.”

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Sen. Diket Plang of Nigeria’s parliament said in a statement today that the killings resulted from unprovoked attacks on innocent citizens. He called on “the armed forces and all security apparatus to live up to their sworn duty to protect the citizens of Nigeria, and especially the people of Mangu LGA, at this trying moment.”

He urged authorities to investigate the attacks and ensure that the culprits face the full force of the law.

“Justice must prevail, and those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable for their actions,” Plang said.

Alfred Alabo, spokesman for the Plateau State Command, told Christian Daily International-Morning Star News that the area was now under control and that police have been deployed to find the assailants.

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The attack was part of a coordinated assault that began on Monday (Jan. 22) on Mangu County’s Kwahaslalek, Marian and Kinat villages and the towns of Jakatai, Sabon Gari and Mangu town, residents said.

“A friend’s family, five members of his family, were killed and burnt beyond recognition in Mangu on Tuesday, 23 January,” a resident identified only as Murphy told Christian Daily International-Morning Star News. “The wicked will never stop unless they have reasons to think twice before attacking. These are not random attacks, but well-coordinated to exterminate Christians.”

Plateau state officials had imposed a curfew on Tuesday (Jan. 23) in the Mangu area in an attempt to curb such attacks.

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In Bokkos County, Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists on Jan. 17 killed six Christians in raids on the predominantly Christian villages of Butura Kampani and Gada, residents said. The attacks occurred simultaneously at about 10 a.m. and lasted until about 3 p.m.

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Pastor Ayuba Matawal said the assailants ambushed five Christians in Butura Kampani and shot them to death.

“The attackers, who include Muslim terrorists and Fulani herdsmen, carried out the attacks against the Christian community for about 10 hours,” Pastor Matawal told Christian Daily International-Morning Star News. “Some of the victims were attacked as they were heading to their farms to harvest their crops.”

Another Christian was ambushed and shot death at Gada village area by another band of terrorists and Fulani herdsmen, he said.

“The second incident occurred at Gada village, where a Christian farmer was shot and killed by the terrorists and Fulani herdsmen, while the farmer was working on his farm,” Matawal said.

Since Christmas Eve attack where over 200 Christians were killed in the state, such attacks have driven about 19,000 people from their homes, said Pastor Matawal, who provides aid at camps for the internally displaced. He appealed for aid as the needs are overwhelming.

Nigeria remained the deadliest place in the world to follow Christ, with 4,118 people killed for their faith from Oct. 1, 2022 to Sept. 30, 2023, according to Open Doors’ 2024 World Watch List (WWL) report. More kidnappings of Christians than in any other country also took place in Nigeria, with 3,300.

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Nigeria was also the third highest country in number of attacks on churches and other Christian buildings such as hospitals, schools, and cemeteries, with 750, according to the report.

In the 2024 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Nigeria was ranked No. 6, as it was in the previous year.

Source Christian: Daily International-Morning Star News

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