Nigeria: Children killed in almost daily attacks on Christians

November 27, 2013 by  
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Luka Yohanna Kpagyang (35) was killed along with his wife, two daughters and parents

Luka Yohanna Kpagyang (35) was killed along with his wife, two daughters and parents

Nigeria, November 27, 2013: Attacks on Christians by ethnic Fulani Muslims in Northern and Middle Belt Nigeria are being carried “almost on a daily basis”; four children have been killed in recent incidents.

On the evening of 4 November, four members of one family were murdered by suspected Fulani Muslims in Rantis village, Plateau state. The gunmen killed Joel Pam (50), his wife Jemimah Pam (40), and two of their children, Joseph (4) and Jephtah (2), in a raid on their home. Their two other children, Alfa (15) and Susannah (10), were injured in the attack.

Their pastor, the Rev. Dacholom Datiri of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), said:

These attacks are on the increase as they are being carried out against our church members almost on a daily basis, and the security personnel seem helpless in checking them.

Last month, Fulani Muslim herdsmen killed ten Christians in three villages in Plateau state; eight of them were members of the same family.

The Muslims first attacked Zatsitsa-Kudeson village on the night of 9 October, killing Sati Yaro (55) and injuring two others.

They then moved on to Kukyek village, around three miles away, where they targeted the home of a large Christian family. Luka Yohanna Kpagyang (35), his wife, Laraba Luka Kpagyang (30), two of their children, Dorothy (10) and Hope (6), his parents, Yohanna Kpagyang (80) and Vou Yohanna Kpagyang (70), his nephew Shadrach Daniel Kpagyang (21) and Shadrach’s wife Joyce (20) were all shot dead.

Two youngsters survived the assault but suffered injuries: Luka and Laraba’s other daughter, Lovina (8), and Shadrach and Joyce’s seven-month-old baby, Jaconiah.

A tenth Christian, Nuhu Pam Hwyere (60), was killed as the gunmen moved on to Chehwyanang village.

The rampage went unchecked from 11pm to 8am the next morning. The Fulani Muslims had already retreated when the security forces finally arrived.

The authorities have been trying to dismiss a sectarian motive for the violence, saying that the murders were related to cattle-rustling. There was, however, no evidence of cattle ownership at the home in Kukyek village, where eight members of the Kpagyang family were killed.

According to Morning Star News:

Christians believe Islamic extremist groups have increasingly incited Fulani Muslims to attack them in Plateau state as well as in Kaduna, Bauchi, Nasarawa and Benue states. They fear that Fulani herdsmen, with backing from Islamic extremist groups, want to take over the predominantly Christian areas in order to acquire land for grazing, stockpile arms and expand Islamic territory.

– barnabas team

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