At least 50 Nigerian Christians killed by Fulani attacks in March, NGO reports
A Nigerian civil society organisation is reporting that no less than 50 Christians were killed in March and a further ten in the first two days of April by radical Fulani herdsmen. Since the start of 2020, estimates suggest that over 400 Christians were killed in Nigeria.
“In all, not less than 410 Christian lives have been lost in Nigeria to Jihadist Fulani terrorists in the past 93 days of 2020,” the Anambra-based International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) said in a statement. Ten Christians were killed in the first two days of April, it added.
“This is on a daily average of about five Christian deaths. On average, the Jihadist Fulani militants killed 125 Christians in January and February, respectively, and 50 in March.”
Intersociety is a non-governmental organisation headed by Christian criminologist Emeka Umeagbalasi. Through a team of criminologists, lawyers, journalists as well as peace and conflict studies graduates, Intersociety has monitored violence against Christians in Nigeria since 2010. In addition to Umeagbalasi, the statement released on Saturday was signed by lawyers Obianuju Igboeli, Ndidiamaka Bernard and Chinwe Umeche.
Intersociety previously reported that 350 Christians were killed in the first two months of 2020 by Fulani militants, highway bandits and the Boko Haram terrorist group in the northeast.
Since 2015, about 11,500 Christians have been killed in Nigeria, according to Intersociety. The killings are primarily as a result of increased terrorist attacks from Boko Haram splinter groups and overnight raids carried out by radicalised Muslim nomadic Fulani herders against predominantly Christian farming communities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt.
The NGO relies on what it deems to be credible local and foreign media reports as well as government accounts, data from international rights groups, eyewitness testimony and statements from Christian bodies to compile its estimates.