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NIGERIA: Two Christian Returning from Church Killed by Fulani Militant Ambush

Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Sunday 10 June killed two Christians and seriously wounded another in central Nigeria as they made their way home from a church service, local sources said.

Ibrahim Weyi, 45, and Larry More, 53, were said to be hacked to death when herdsmen ambushed them at 7:40pm as the Christians were going home on a motorcycle from an evening worship service in Plateau state’s Kwall village, in the Bassa area, Patience Moses told Morning Star News.

A third Christian, 23-year-old Samuel Weyi, was wounded in the attack, the local resident said. All three belong to the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Kwall, another resident, Lawerence Zango, told Morning Star News. Weyi is receiving treatment at an Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Jos, he said.

“Fulani herdsmen have continued to kill innocent Christians in our villages, yet the Nigerian government has not taken proactive measures to end the onslaught,” Zango said.

A spokesman for the Plateau State Command, Mathias Tyopev, confirmed the attack and said that an investigation is underway.

Violence attributed to Fulani herdsmen has reached a record high this year, particularly in the Middle Belt states, with attacks carried out on an almost daily basis. More than $1 billion worth of property has been destroyed by Fulani militants in Nigeria’s central state, Benue alone according to the state’s governor, Samuel Ortom.

Sources: Morning Star, International Christian Concern, World Watch Monitor

  • Ask the Lord to envelope those who are grieving in His comforting presence. Pray they will be strengthened and may take heart that their loved ones are now with Him. Pray Samuel Weyi may make a full recovery.
  • Ask the Lord to intervene to bring an end to the violence. Pray the government will make every effort to stop the attacks and protect its citizens.
  • Pray for the Fulani herdsmen; may the Lord have mercy on them, remove the hatred from their hearts sand set them on a new path.
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