Death tolls in plateau state as 13 lost their lives to Fulani Herdsmen;four kidnapped in Kaduna Nigeria

In plateau state on Wednesday, 13 Christians were killed by Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen while four students were kidnapped from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state on the same day.

According to Morning star news, the Christian village of Kulben in plateau state was attacked by about 20 herdsmen , at about 8 p.m. . The 13 christians who died were all members of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) and all their corpses has been taken to the mortuary of Mangu Cottage Hospital by soldiers and police.

According to one Micheal Mutdung,the villagers were forced to scamper into surrounding bushes as guns were being shot in all directions.

Bala Fwengje, a legislator representing the area in the Plateau State House of Assembly, said that the attack came in as a shock as efforts was made by security agencies to curtail such incessant attack on the people.statement that the attacks came in spite of efforts by security agencies.

Adding to his statement, he said it was a sad thing that these attacks are still being carried out by the herdsmen on the people without provocation.

Plateau state Gov. Simon Bako Lalong on Thursday said he would ensure peace returns to plateau state with a vow to bring the guilty to justice with determination to deal decisively and firmly with anybody found culpable in attacking or inciting people to carry out attacks against one another.

Confirming the attack in a statement, the Plateau State Command spokesman Terna Tyopev on Thursday said a distress call came in as gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked Kulben community of Kombun District of Mangu, which resulted to the death of 13 persons and three injured.
On the same day the attack was reported to happen,four students were reported to be kidnapped outside kaduna city,capital of kaduna state on Wednesday night January 8.
According to the registrar of the institution Rev. Joel Usman, the seminarians we’re abducted by armed bandits after assailants shot spirodically at students,professors and staff members.

The seminary, which trains students for Roman Catholic priesthood, is located in Kakau village along the Kaduna-Abuja highway. After the Good shepherd Major Seminary was attacked by armed bandits yesterday, four seminarians was declared missing.

Usman on a phone call told Morning Star News, “Yes, we were attacked last night as I said in the statement I issued earlier this morning. Kindly pray for the release of these students.”

ISWAP Executions
The Islamic state’s West Africa province (ISWAP) released a video in Nigeria on the 26th of December of terrorist executing 11 people whom they said were Christians. The ISWAP which was a break-away faction from Boko Haram attacked Christians in retaliation for the killing of Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an October U.S. raid in northwestern Syria and his likely successor in a separate attack. According to a voice on the video, the attack was a message “to the Christians in the world.” The video as released to a Muslim journalist Ahmad Salkida shows how the captives were being captured in orange tunics and kneeling as the terrorist stand behind balaclavas. One of the captive was shot in the head while the rest were slashed in by the throats.

However the identities of those killed were not known but the video showed executions thought to be ordered by IS around the world since the killing of Baghdadi and his likely successor, IS spokesman Sheikh Abu al-Hassan al-Muhajir.

The ISWAP faction was said to have left the Islamic extremist Boko Haram in 2016.

President Buhari commenting through the media aide’s statement said
“We should, under no circumstance, let the terrorists divide us by turning Christians against Muslims, because these barbaric killers don’t represent Islam and millions of other law-abiding Muslims around the world,”

United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent condolences through his spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric, to families of the executed Christians and the Nigeria government.

“The secretary general is deeply concerned about reports that civilians have been executed, and others abducted, by an armed group in northern Borno State, northeastern Nigeria,” Dujarric said. “He expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and reiterates the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and government of Nigeria.”

A principal lecturer at the college of Education in person of Bitrus Bwala sent his pleas to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Nigeria’s government to urgently negotiate with the terrorist in order to save their lives following the video released last month by Boko Haram of 11 men held captive and a Christian was part of the captives.

Bwala says in the video that the captives saw Action Against Hunger aid workers before they were executed, and that captured Christian high school student Leah Sharibu “is still here.”

“We therefore appeal in particular to President Muhammadu Buhari to do whatever is within his reach to rescue us,” he says. “We equally appeal to our various governors to come to our aid and rescue us. The leadership of Christian organizations, we appeal to you to liaise with the federal government and push for the rescue of all captives here.”

The CAN president Rev. Samson Ayokunle, said Bwala and the 10 other men in the video released in December were all Christians who were kidnapped on Nov. 27.
“The government has not secured their freedoms or said anything about them,” Ayokunle said in a statement. “If criminals are invading the Christian communities, killing and abducting unchallenged, what do we call it if it is not persecution? How many terrorists, Fulani herdsmen killers and bandits are in the custody of the security agencies? How many of them have been arraigned in court?”

Nigeria ranked 12 th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.Death tolls in plateau state as 13 lost their lives to Fulani Herdsmen;four kidnapped in kaduna city In plateau state on Wednesday, 13 Christians were killed by Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen while four students were kidnapped from a Catholic seminary in Kaduna state on the same day.

According to Morning star news, the Christian village of Kulben in plateau state was attacked by about 20 herdsmen , at about 8 p.m. . The 13 christians who died were all members of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) and all their corpses has been taken to the mortuary of Mangu Cottage Hospital by soldiers and police.
According to one Micheal Mutdung,the villagers were forced to scamper into surrounding bushes as guns were being shot in all directions.

Bala Fwengje, a legislator representing the area in the Plateau State House of Assembly, said that the attack came in as a shock as efforts was made by security agencies to curtail such incessant attack on the people.statement that the attacks came in spite of efforts by security agencies.
Adding to his statement, he said it was a sad thing that these attacks are still being carried out by the herdsmen on the people without provocation.

Plateau state Gov. Simon Bako Lalong on Thursday said he would ensure peace returns to plateau state with a vow to bring the guilty to justice with determination to deal decisively and firmly with anybody found culpable in attacking or inciting people to carry out attacks against one another.

Confirming the attack in a statement, the Plateau State Command spokesman Terna Tyopev on Thursday said a distress call came in as gunmen suspected to be herdsmen attacked Kulben community of Kombun District of Mangu, which resulted to the death of 13 persons and three injured.
On the same day the attack was reported to happen,four students were reported to be kidnapped outside kaduna city,capital of kaduna state on Wednesday night January 8.
According to the registrar of the institution Rev. Joel Usman, the seminarians we’re abducted by armed bandits after assailants shot spirodically at students,professors and staff members

The seminary, which trains students for Roman Catholic priesthood, is located in Kakau village along the Kaduna-Abuja highway. After the Good shepherd Major Seminary was attacked by armed bandits yesterday, four seminarians was declared missing.

Usman on a phone call told Morning Star News, “Yes, we were attacked last night as I said in the statement I issued earlier this morning. Kindly pray for the release of these students.”

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