Christians murdered by Islamic terrorists in Plateau, “a strategy to wipe out the Christian population”
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Christians in Nigeria continue to die at the hands of Islamic terrorists: five Christians, including a 60-year-old woman, were killed in attacks in Plateau state last month, Morning Star News (MSN) reports. Tens of thousands of Christians have been murdered by Islamic terrorists since 2009, as rights groups continue to warn of genocide.
Two Christians were killed by suspected members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in a shop in Plateau’s city of Kano on Saturday, September 24, MSN reports. Area resident Chukwudi Iwuchukwu identified the murdered Christians as Ifeanyi Ilechukwu, 41, and Chibuke Emannuel, 33.
“The terrorists came to the business shop of Ifeanyi Ilechukwu, where the Christians were sitting, and shot them at close range,” Iwuchukwu told MSN. “Ilechukwu died instantly, while Emannuel, who was shot on his leg, died in the hospital on Sunday, 25 September.”
On September 25, suspected Fulani herdsmen killed Christian farmer Alpha Pam Baren, 23 in Riyom County, and Linus Mapack in Jannaret village, Mangu County, MSN reports. Days earlier, in Mere village, Riyom County, “a group of Fulani militias” on September 19 ambushed and murdered 60-year-old Christian woman Laraba Dauda as she worked on her farm.
“This is an all-encompassing strategy of wiping the entire Christian population from our ancestral land and the face of the earth,” Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, director of the Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN) told MSN. “So far, more than 600 farmlands in Christian communities of Heipang, Gashish, Ropp, Wereng, Kwi, Jol, Bachi, Rahoss, Foron, Gyel, Vwang, and Kuru, with crops worth over 200 million nairas [US$462,396], have been destroyed by the herdsmen in the past five months.”