Nigeria: Pastor and three sons burned alive among at least 20 killed in latest Plateau massacre

Nigeria: Pastor and three sons burned alive among at least 20 killed in latest Plateau massacre
A spate of attacks, in which at least 20 were killed in Nigeria’s central Plateau State over the last week of August, has shattered peace efforts by religious and political leaders in its capital, Jos. Three months ago, heavily armed Fulani militants stormed 15 villages across the same Barkin Ladi . . . Read More

Nigerian church leaders, families continue to die; US top diplomat blames ‘climate of impunity’

Nigerian church leaders, families continue to die; US top diplomat blames ‘climate of impunity’
The acting US ambassador to Nigeria has reiterated the call of his government to the Nigerian authorities to stop ongoing killings in the Middle Belt and northeast of the country. Violence attributed to militant Fulani herdsmen reached a record high this year, with more than 1,800 deaths from January to . . . Read More

What is behind the Fulani herdsmen-farmers conflict?

What is behind the Fulani herdsmen-farmers conflict?
The ongoing deadly clashes between the nomadic, mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen and the predominantly Christian farming communities of Nigeria’s Middle Belt are often referred to in the mainstream media as “farmer-herder clashes”: the Middle Belt is a farming region, and the advancing Fulani-owned herds have increasingly encroached on croplands. However, . . . Read More

Nigeria: herders’ attacks completely decimate villages in ‘scorched earth’ campaigns

Catholics protest in Kaduna state on 22 May, 2018.
In Nigeria, conflict between farmers and herders has become the country’s gravest security challenge, claiming six times more lives than the Boko Haram insurgency, the International Crisis Group (ICG) says in a report published yesterday. The report, ‘Stopping Nigeria’s Spiralling Farmer-Herder Conflict’, says that more than 1,300 people were killed . . . Read More

Archbishop of Canterbury raises profile of Nigeria attacks as new humanitarian crisis looms

Archbishop of Canterbury raises profile of Nigeria attacks as new humanitarian crisis looms
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has challenged the British government on how much it is doing to help end violent attacks on Christians in Nigeria. His comments, made in a House of Lords debate on Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram on Tuesday (17 July), follow the publication of a . . . Read More

Nigerian Christians refute claims herdsmen killings were retaliatory, as Plateau violence reaches new peak

Nigerian Christians refute claims herdsmen killings were retaliatory, as Plateau violence reaches new peak
In central Nigeria, clashes between predominantly Christian farmers and mainly Muslim Fulani herdsmen reached another peak in Plateau over the weekend, as suspected herdsmen went on a killing spree in a dozen villages, leaving scores dead. Early reports suggested that 86 people were killed, but local sources contacted by World . . . Read More

Nigerian pastor says security services threatened to kill him after Muslim woman’s conversion to Christianity

Nigerian pastor says security services threatened to kill him after Muslim woman’s conversion to Christianity
The Nigerian pastor who played a central role in the conversion of a young Muslim woman to Christianity has denounced the response of the country’s security services, from which he alleges he has received death threats. The first response of the Nigerian Department of State Security Services (DSS), in January, . . . Read More

Fulani violence against Nigeria Christians hits record high

Catholics protest in Kaduna state on 22 May, 2018.
Violence attributed to militant Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria has reached a record high this year. The Governor of the central state of Benue said this week that 492 people have been killed in his state alone so far this year. Governor Samuel Ortom was speaking 22 May at the mass . . . Read More