Over 20 People Killed in Recent Wave of Attacks by Radical Fulani Herdsmen on Nigerian Christians

Residents attend a mass burial for 17 people killed in an overnight attack on the Gonan Rogo village of Nigeria’s Kaduna state on May 12, 2020. | Usman Stingo

At least 23 people were killed in a spate of attacks carried about by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the Kajuru local government area of Nigeria’s Kaduna this week, sources told The Christian Post.

In a press statement released on Tuesday, the Southern Kaduna People’s Union confirmed that at least 17 people were killed and six injured when Fulani militia laid siege to the Gonan Rogo village in the late hours of Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The village, inhabited by the Adara people, lies along the Kaduna-Kachia road.  According to the union, the militia struck around 11:30 p.m. on Monday.

During the attack, an entire household was wiped out and members of several others were killed.

“They broke into the home of Jonathan Yakubu, 40 and slaughtered him,” SOKPU National Public Relations Officer Luka Binniyat said in a press statement. “They also killed his wife, Sheba Yakubu 32, and hacked to death their only three children.”

Their three children are 13-year-old Patience, 6-year-old Revelation and 4-year-old Rejoice.

“From this compound trails of blood led to another gory scene of where Kauna Magaji was killed along with her daughter, Faith Magaji, who died of grisly cutlasses cut to their heads,” Binniyat added.

According to SOKPU, the attackers then struck another compound in the village where they killed a 25-year-old mother named Saraunia Lucky. Her 3-month-old child was able to survive a bullet to the head but a 6-year-old was hacked to death. The baby and his aunt are now being cared for by the Albarka Baptist Church, according to SOKPU.

Others killed in the attack on the home also include 32-year-old Asanalo Magaji and 13-year-old Yayo Magaji.

In another home, a Christian couple in their 20s were butchered. And in another residence, 60-year-old Mailafia Dalhatu was killed as he tried to escape. Dalhatu’s younger brother, Yaro, was killed at another house along with his wife, Saratu, and 14-year-old granddaughter, Blessing.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith