Fulani extremists kill 3 and burn church site in latest attack on Christians in Nigeria – Villagers say government is doing nothing

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Residents of Miango district in central Nigeria are in mourning after Fulani militants reportedly killed three people and burned down several structures, including a church.

According to International Christian Concern (ICC), the village of Ariri was engulfed in chaos early Monday after Islamist extremists torched 25 houses and 40 barns.

The village community church, Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) was also set on fire.

The ICC reports that the militants caused significant damage to the community before security personnel arrived.

“The Fulani killed my father and my brother during the attack,” said a resident. “My neighbor was also killed and my sister was shot and wounded.”

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Sadly, Fulani militants attacked the same village four years ago, killing 13 people and leaving many displaced.

Monday’s brazen raid on Ariri by the extremists came just days after several other attacks.

On April 3, a group of gunmen fired on villagers as they attended a festival in Chando-Zirechi, a small town north of Maxwell Khobe cantonment.

“Ten people were killed and 17 injured,” said a youth leader.

He noted that 11 other people were killed in separate attacks that recently unfolded over three days.

“On Monday (29 March), five were killed in Kwall district, on Tuesday (30 March), two were killed in Kpatenvie village near Jebbu Meyango town, and on Thursday (31 March), four were killed. killed at a mine site in Meyango,” the youth leader said.

Robert Ashi, chairman of the Irigwe Development Association, a local tribal association, said 15 houses were also destroyed.

Ashi pointed out that the “Fulani Militia” carried out the attacks.

“The military commander of Plateau State, where these attacks took place, Major General Sallau Ali, a Fulani Muslim, has previously been accused of collaborating with terrorists. He did not intervene in any of the incidents,” said a local source. “If people will be repeatedly killed and the government will show no concern, that suggests nothing but complicity,” he added.

The Fulani herders, also known as the Fulani militia, are often radical Muslims who target Christians in their relentless attacks on villages across the West African country.

They were early adopters of Islam, participating in holy wars or jihads in the 16th century that established them as a dominant social and economic force in West Africa, according to WorldWatch Monitor.

As CBN News has reported over the past few years, Nigeria is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a Christian.

The nation ranks 7th on Open Doors USA’s 2022 Global Watchlist, with the organization calling the persecution in Nigeria “brutally violent”.

“In much of northern Nigeria, Christians live their lives under constant threat of attacks from Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Fulani militants and criminals who kidnap and murder with little consequence,” Open Doors said.

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