Nigeria overwhelmed by the spread of sectarian killings


Christians living in the plateaus of Nigeria are obscured by retaliatory killings in both the capital city of Jos and the rural conflict zone of Bassa County, 12 miles west of the city.

Violence against Christian inhabitants intensified after 22 Fula Muslims were slaughtered by Christian mobs on August 14.

In the village of Bassa County, west of Joss, residents cried in the streets after a nightly raid by Fula militants on August 17.

After being shot with his left forearm, young corn farmer Timothy Dauda spoke to the Epoch Times from a hospital bed in the fertile district of Miango, 10 miles west of Joss. His Tafi Gana village was attacked by a man wielding an AK. 47s and machete. Five people were killed in this attack.

Such stories have been repeatedly heard over the past five years in surrounding villages such as Ancha, Hooke, Adu, Rafiki and Don in the fertile median strip of Nigeria.

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Timothy Dauda in a hospital bed in Miango, Nigeria, August 19, 2021. (Lawrence Zongo / The Epoch Times)

Victims said their attackers were Fula militants associated with the massacres of dozens of villages. “I know the Fula people who wanted to kill me,” Dauda said. “I know one of them. We call him” Tele G “, but his real name is Hashim Hudu,” he said.

“I’ll kill you today,” Hudu told me.

“My God will save me,” I replied to him.

“After he shot me, I pretended to fall and die,” Dauda said. “In order for us to graze cows, you must leave your community,” recalled Dauda hearing what he said when he drove him to death.

From August 16th to 19th, nine Christians were killed and four are still missing after terrorists launched a sustained attack in five villages.

Ezekiel Bini, national president of the county advocacy group Irigwe Youth Movement, has confirmed the attack on the Epoch Times.

In Tafi Gana, a remote settlement in Miango, five people were killed, 500 Christians were evacuated, and 45 homes were destroyed.

University of Jos closed due to threat to students

On August 20, Nigerian plateau officials claimed 30 people for retaliatory violence near the campus since August 14, including eight students, many of whom were still missing, at the University of Jos. Closed academic activities in.

As of August 19, eight students at Joss University had been killed, according to Danladi Joshua, president of the University Students’ Union Government (SUG). Joshua told Joss reporters that four students were missing, five were seriously injured, and were being treated at a local hospital.

Most students were killed near the university campus and mass evacuated from the campus on August 16 after officials declared a 24-hour curfew.

The latest attack occurred on August 19 along the college driveway. “student [Mr. Abuma Shadrach] Boarding [motorized commercial] A tricycle from the university’s permanent site, “Joshua said. “Suddenly he was pulled out on the road, stabbed and died.”

“Part of the aftermath of the August 14 incident is the brutal killing of our innocent students by several factors guided by inhumane and barbaric philosophies. Unfortunately, our cry is It’s not big enough to get the attention of the media and the government, “Joshua told Joss journalists.

“The numbers can be higher,” said Nanya Daman, a Joss-based journalist who reports on the crisis. “More than 30 students are missing,” Daman told The Epoch Times.

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Mangal Joseph said in a video posted on Facebook on August 15, 2021 that he had only slightly escaped the attacker. (Mangal Joseph / Screenshot The Epoch Times)

According to a colleague, one of the missing students, Mangal Joseph, was found dead on August 20 in a forest on the university’s permanent campus. A sophomore in the pharmacy, Joseph posted a video online on August 15th, reporting his narrow escape from a violent mob.

In a video showing walking on a lonely driveway within an area identified as campus grounds, Joseph warned people to avoid the attacked northern city roads. He was declared missing the next day, but was later found in a machete cut in the woods near the location of his video, said his best friend Nathaniel Nanman.

Joseph’s murderers used his phone to call and said, “I should go pick up his corpse from the forest.” Nanman told The Epoch Times.

On August 20, plateau student leaders launched a social media campaign under the hashtag “Justice for jossites”, demanding the protection of their members. Jeremiah Matthew, chairman of the Nigerian Student Association (NAN), said the Plateau branch could lead to physical protests when the current tensions eased if the attacks continued.

“When the government has the ability to solve these problems, we cannot always be sacrificial lambs. Just hurry to arrest the 20 people they attacked those travelers. It’s a way to deploy an army, “Matthew told the Epoch Times. According to police, 20 people were arrested in connection with the violence of a mob who killed 22 Muslim travelers in the city on August 14.

The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) has called for a military base in the university area to prevent future attacks on the University of Jos campus. In a statement on August 20, Plateau union leader Paul Jatau was worried that Nigerian schools were becoming dangerous to students and teachers, “a major threat to children’s education.” Said that.

Kim Masala

Lawrence Zongo

Lawrence Zongo is a journalist based in Jos, Nigeria. Specializes in reporting war crimes, terrorism, human rights abuses and abuse.