Focus Nigeria: Report

Anti Christian violence and killings in the old Middle Belt and Northeast regions of Nigeria have intensified in the first half of 2020 according to a special report by the International society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law.

They report that within the first four an a half months of 2020, no fewer than 650 defenceless Christians were hacked to death by Boko Haram and militant Fulani herdsmen. On top of this, churches and learning centres were destroyed along with hundreds of houses. They also claim that the atrocities against Christians have gone unchecked, and risen to alarming apogee with the country’s security forces and concerned political actors either looking the other way or colluding with the Jihadists.

According to the very disturbing report, a staggering 32,000 Christians have been butchered to death since 2009:

The Society has documented various incidents, showing when and where they have taken place and who was affected.

Below are just a few of the reports that have been collected from a variety of sources and recorded.

By the account of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, dated 13th May 2020, no fewer than 17 defenseless Christians were hacked to death by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmenin Gonan Rogo village, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State who also injured six others. The attacks took place around 11:30pm late Monday night 11th may 2020) the previous day. The statement said that the Fulani Jihadists broke into the home of Jonathan Yakubu, 40 and slaughtered him. They also killed his wife, Sheba Yakubu 32, and hacked to death their only three children, Patience 13, Revelation 6 and Rejoice 4, thus wiping out the entire Yakubu household.

Still not done, the statement further explained that the killers went to another compound where they met Saraunia Lucky, 25, newly married and had given birth to her baby 3 months ago. With the baby cuddled in her arms in fear, she was shot dead and the bullet passed through the soft skull of the baby. It said 6 year old John Paul was not lucky as he was hacked to death, stressing that also killed were Asanalo Magaji 32, and Yayo Magaji 13, Paul Bawa, 27 and Rahila, 25, his wife were butchered in their homes. In another compound, “Mailafia Dalhatu, 60 was killed as he tried escaping. His younger brother, Yaro Dalhatu 56, was killed in another compound, with his wife, Saratu 45. Their granddaughter, Blessing Yari 14, was also killed. Another boy, called Popular Teacher, just 17 was gunned down and killed.

In Benue State, a man and his wife were killed by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen. The attack took place around 1.30am late night of 6th May 2020 in Tarkende Village, near Umenger in the Guma Local Government Area of Benue State. By the account of This Day Newspaper, dated 12th May 2020, suspected herdsmen had in the early hours (1.30am) of Tuesday, 12thMay 2020 attacked Agasha town in Guma Local Government Area of Benue State and killed two residents of the town. Troops intervened and recovered two AK 47 rifles, four magazines and 65 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.

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Friends In The West Note : Friends, the statistics and some of the details relating to Christian deaths in Nigeria, and the length of time this continued point to the fact that those of us living comfortably in a free world must DO MORE than just read about it. The situation is frankly, outrageous.

In the first instance would you drop an email to the Friends In The West founder at ray@raybarnett.com or info @friendsinthewest.com and give him a gauge of the outrage felt following the reporting of these statistics. If no one seems to mind, then it makes it harder to bring influence to bear in the right places. Please drop Ray an email and let him know you care and find out some of the steps that are being taken to address this situation. He would love to hear from you. God Bless.