"War is declared on Christians": more than 150 dead in 3 weeks in a Nigerian state


"Terrorists are just attacking and killing Christians in most communities around Mangu. (...) The Christians here really need help."

More than 150 Christians were killed in the first three weeks of June in Plateau State, Nigeria. Christian communities are the target of attacks by radical Fulani militants according to International Christian Concern. Witnesses speak of destroyed houses, destroyed crops and agricultural land taken by the attackers.

"In the past three weeks, we have buried no less than 150 people in Mangu Local Government Area," Plateau Governor Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang said before elaborating, "and that's apart from no less of 30 people scattered in various IDP camps that we have to deal with now".

Residents of Mangu, Barkin Ladi and Riyom counties speak of the destruction of dozens of homes belonging to Christians.

“Some of the Christian victims were burned alive in their homes as herders set fire to their homes,” reveals a local resident whose pops are picked up by Morning Star News.

For Bala Fwangje, the legislator representing the region in the Plateau National Assembly, "war has been declared on the Christians of Mangu".

“Terrorists are only attacking and killing Christians in most communities around Mangu. The attacks started on Tuesday June 20 in Bwoi community and then spread to Mangu town and Sabon Gari areas .Christians here really need help."

Murders confirmed by Alabo Alfred, spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command. "Command is saddened by these killings," he said, "we don't want more deaths in Plateau State."


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