Nigeria: Fulani militants burn down a church and kill a person in a village in Kaduna State

On February 8, Fulani militants attacked a village in the Nigerian state of Kaduna. They killed one person, burned more than 45 houses and a church. 

International Chrsitian Concern (ICC) reports the attack on the village of Zamandabo located in Kaduna State in Nigeria.

On February 8, Fulani militants entered the village around 2:30 a.m. according to a survivor of the attack. He adds that all the houses “were burnt down” and the village church “was destroyed”.

According to ICC, one person also lost his life during this attack.

Timothy Ishaya who owned a store in the village reports that these goods were looted. "They broke into my door and looted a lot of things, then burned the rest," he said.

Another survivor who requested anonymity reveals that facing the attackers, they were "outnumbered". He added that the members of the village do not have the same kind of weapons as the militants responsible for the attack. “We are peaceful and accommodating people,” he continued.

“When we heard the gunshots, we had to start evacuating the women and children instead of fighting back. We knew we couldn't resist them. »

When government soldiers arrived at the scene of the attack, most of the damage had already been done. If they pushed the assailants to flee, they refused to pursue them, specifies ICC.

“The government did nothing to help us. The Fulani militants said they would come back but we did not see any soldiers put in place to protect us. Now the whole village is deserted, lonely and quiet. Domestic animals are starving because there is no one to take care of them. It's very sad and inhuman,” added the anonymous survivor.

Attacks by Fulani militants on Christians are common in Nigeria, particularly in Kaduna State. According to International Christian Concern, they do not fear reprisals from the government because the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, is himself hostile to Christian communities.

Camille Westphal Perrier

source: International Christian Concern

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