Christian Community in Nigeria Brutally Attacked by Islamic
01/09/2017 Washington, D.C. (International Christian
Concern) - International Christian Concern (ICC)
has learned that on Saturday, January 7 at approximately 2:00 p.m.,
a group of Fulani Islamic militants invaded a predominantly
Christian village, Kwayine, in Adamawa State, Nigeria. The militants
killed six police officers, four civilians, and destroyed houses and
a police truck.
A government worker, who spoke to ICC on the condition of anonymity,
said that militants had attempted an attack on December 31, 2016,
but were driven away by police and community members. The community
remained concerned that another attack was impending, but were
reassured by police that the situation was under control. The attack
on January 7 came unexpectedly in the middle of the day.
One of the victims of the attack told ICC, "The Fulanis came into
the village yesterday at about 2:00 p.m. They came upon us
suddenly, chased us off, scattered us and burnt our houses. We
fled. I barely escaped with my life. Only God knows
where some of our people are now. We don't know what we did to
Map Source: Wikipedia
The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of
Nigeria, Adamawa State, in a press release issued by its Chairman,
Ajine Delo, berated the Adamawa State Government, saying the attack
"is an indictment on the failure of the Law Enforcement Agencies and
Intelligence Units who are saddled with the responsibility of
maintaining peace, protecting lives and properties and gathering
secret information about hostile attacks by enemies. They have
failed to protect the Demsa Communities..."
The Fulani are the largest nomadic people group in the world and are
known for the high level of importance they assign to their cattle.
They are predominantly Muslim and often carry out attacks in Nigeria
in the name of Islam. However, Nigeria has refused to recognize them
as a terrorist group.
This is not the first time that communities in Demsa have come under
attack by the militants. Toward the end of July 2016, Fulani
militants attacked Kodomun village in Demsa local council area,
killing about 25 people and displacing more than 2,000 people.
The latest village that was attacked is in the same area, a region
that is predominantly Christian.
Daniel Harris, Regional Manager for ICC, said, "ICC strongly
condemns this attack on Christian communities in Nigeria. This is
yet another example of the government's failure to provide adequate
protection for Christian communities in this region and refusal to
stamp out the radical movements that cause these deadly attacks. The
government's refusal to recognize the Fulani militants as what they
are, Islamic terrorists, threatens religious freedom and the lives
of Christians in this region. We encourage the government of Nigeria
to bring these perpetrators of violence to justice and to work
harder to protect the lives of Christians in Adamawa State."
For interviews with Daniel Harris, ICC's Regional Manager, please
contact Olivia Miller, Communications Coordinator:
# # #
You are free to disseminate this news story. We request that you
reference ICC (International Christian Concern) and include our
web address, www.persecution.org. ICC is a Washington-DC based
human rights organization that exists to help persecuted
Christians worldwide. ICC provides Awareness, Advocacy, and
Assistance to the worldwide persecuted Church.
International Christian Concern, 2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, #941,
Washington, DC 20006