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Heavily-armed Fulani herdsmen carried out raids on communities in Kaduna State, central Nigeria on 19 and 20 February, destroying homes and claiming at least 21 lives.

Hundreds of militia men reportedly descended on Bakin Kogi in the Kaninkon Chiefdom of Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) in southern Kaduna State during the evening of 19 February, burning down houses, killing at least seven people and leaving scores more injured.

In the early hours of 20 February, Fulani gunmen killed 14 people during simultaneous attacks on the villages of Mifi and Ashim in Kaura LGA in the Attakad Chiefdom.  Victims included women and children, and were aged between eight and 73.  The herdsmen are also reported to have engaged in fierce gun battles with soldiers and mobile policemen who eventually moved in to quell the attacks.

Fulani herder attacks on non-Muslim communities in the central Nigerian states of Kaduna, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Benue, which have been ongoing since 2010, spiralled in May 2015, with states experiencing intense cycles of violence. According to a report by analysts SB Morgen Intelligence (SBM), by mid-December 2016, a total of 1,425 people had died in attacks launched by herdsman on these states.

Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide

  • Ask the Lord to bring comfort, strength and provision to those affected. May they rest in the knowledge the Good Shepherd walks with them during this time of great suffering.
  • Ask the Lord to protect His people from further harm; pray He will frustrate the plans of those intent on violence.
  • Pray for those in authority trying to bring peace and stability to the region, ask for great wisdom.