Deadly Attack on Christian Community on Christmas Eve
We have received first hand report from eye witnesses and relatives of victims of massacre by armed Fulani Jihadists at Ungwan Mailafiya village in Gong Chiefdom in Kaduna State of Nigeria. At least 7 people were killed on Christmas Eve.
SOME VICTIMS OF THE MASSACRE
Our reporter who visited the victims confirmed that “Five women were killed in cold blood without any provocation.” He was unable to reach the man who lost five members of his family, as the man was too traumatised to speak. However, another man whose wife was killed by a gun man gave our reporter a graphic description of the deadly incident. He confirmed that he
recognised the murderers as armed Fulani men. There were visible bullets holes on the walls and doors of the victims which proves beyond reasonable doubt that the attacks were premeditated and carefully orchestrated to cause mayhem. The community is traumatised, helpless and defenceless.
Many others that sustained serious injurious from gun wounds are in the hospital receiving treatment. “The attacks were deadly gruesome” said one of the government officials who visited the victims at Kafanchan General Hospital.
How long with armed Fulani Jihadists go about killing Christians in South Kaduna and the Middle Belt with impunity? Why are they allowed to carry deadly weapons? Who is arming them? And whose cause are they fighting?
We strongly condemned these killings .We believe they are premeditated, clandestine and evil machinations of evil and wicked Fulani Jihadists who perhaps enjoy the backing of government. We stand to be corrected, but it is evident that the government is doing little or nothing to protect the lives of Christians in the Middle Belt of Nigeria. While the governor of Kaduna State was said to condemn the attack, the President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has remained silent.
A week earlier, Christians in Nindem, Village were killed by the Fulani Jihadists. In a statement issued in Kaduna, the House Representative member representing Jema’a and Sanga confirmed that “In this attack, 4 persons were killed and 10 others were critically injured. The dead were buried the following day under the watch of the Security personnel. The wounded are currently being attended to at the Throneroom Hospital in Kafanchan while other severe cases have been referred to JUTH in Jos.
“While we were mourning the deaths at Nindem, at about 10pm on Christmas eve on Sunday, the security personnel received distress calls of another attack at Ungwan Mailafiya in Kwagiri District of Gwong Chiefdom. “By daybreak on Christmas day, 6 persons have been confirmed killed, including a child of about six years old and many others injured. These recent attacks defy all human logic as there appears to be no immediate trigger. That these attacks take place on the eve of Christmas is a demonstration of the total contempt of the perpetrators of the solemnity of this season,” he added.
The perpetrators of this genocide have constantly attacked Christian communities in Benue and Taraba States with impunity. Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has stated that no fewer than 1,878 people were killed by Fulani herdsmen within three years. The governor also said that 750 persons were critically injured, 200 persons still missing, with over 99,427 households affected in the various attacks carried out by the Fulani herdsmen in the sate. Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom has in Daily Post stated that no fewer than 1,878 people were killed by Fulani herdsmen within three years.
The governor was also reported to have said that 750 persons were critically injured, 200 persons still missing, with over 99,427 households affected in the various attacks carried out by the Fulani herdsmen in the state.
Ortom stated this when he received in his office the country representative of the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees, Edward Kallon, and his team. He also stated that the assault and
battery on the agrarian communities of the Benue valley posed tremendous threat to food security of the nation.
Ortom said, “For over a decade, the people of Benue State have noticed the influx of armed herdsmen who have violently attacked many communities in the state.
“Between 2013/2016 alone, Fulani herdsmen killed more than 1,878 men, women and children in cold blood from 12 local government areas of Benue State. Another 750 were seriously wounded while 200 are missing. Over 99,427 households were affected in Benue State and property worth billions of naira destroyed.“In 2014 alone, the destruction recorded across 10 local governments in Benue State exceeded N95bn.”
In December 2016, precisely at Christmas, about 1000 Christians were killed in cold blood in Southern Kaduna Sate alone. This gruesome genocide, which is more deadly than Boko Haram, has been going on for decades with the international community doing little nothing about it. The survivors have not only lost their loved ones but their livelihood; they are traumatised, improvised and depleted demographically and economically.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You cannot afford to just watch or sympathise. Together we can help these victims in 2018 and beyond. You can pray for the victims. You can send your donations to enable the survivors rebuild their lives. You can also send relief materials such as clothes, food items, medicine and computers to help the victims in Kaduna, Taraba, Niger , Benue , Plateau, and Nassarawa states.
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