Fulani herdsmen kill eleven Christians in Nigerian Kaduna State
A sixteen-year-old girl, a father of nine children and a church pastor were among eleven Christians killed by Muslim Fulani herdsmen this week in southern Kaduna State.
“This Tuesday in Zangon Kataf County, herdsmen attacked Unguwan Gankon village, killing a sixteen-year-old student, Takama Paul, and another Christian, thirty-year-old Kefas Malachy Bobai, a father of three children,” Luka Binniyat of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) said.
“Armed Fulani militia invaded Unguwan Gankon village in Gora Ward, Zangon Kataf LGA, and killed two persons and burned seven houses,” Binniyat said in a press statement. “Wary neighbors, however, came to the rescue, and the murderers fled.”
Numbering in the millions across Nigeria and the Sahel, predominantly Muslim Fulani comprise hundreds of clans of many different lineages who do not hold extremist views, but some Fulani do adhere to radical Islamist ideology, the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom or Belief (APPG) noted in a recent report.
Christian leaders in Nigeria have said they believe herdsmen attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt are inspired by their desire to forcefully take over Christians’ lands and impose Islam. Desertification of lands has made it difficult for Christians to sustain their herds.