Four Christian Farmers Killed by Fulani Militants in Nigeria’s Kaduna State

People react as a truck carries the coffins of people killed by the Fulani herdsmen, in Makurdi, Nigeria January 11, 2018. | (Photo: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

Four Christian farmers in the Kaduna state of Nigeria were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen earlier this month during an overnight attack. 

According to local news outlet The Punch, police in Kaduna state confirmed the deaths of four people said to have been killed by cattle herders in the Kagoro Chiefdom in the Kaura Local Government Area on Nov. 14.

Police identified the slain as Hosea Ayuba, Ado Adamu, Abagu Danladi and Kusa Danladi.

Sources told the global persecution monitoring news outlet Morning Star News that the four Christians who were slaughtered were members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Agban village.

An area resident named Derek Christopher told the outlet that the deceased were attacked with machetes by radicals from the semi-nomadic Fulani herding community. He explained that their bodies were marked with machete wounds.

“The herdsmen came to the area in a minivan and a motorbike,” Christopher said.

The attack comes as the farming community in Kaduna as well as across Nigeria’s Middle Belt has reported an increase in attacks carried out by radicals from the predominantly Muslim Fulani community in recent years.

Thousands are said to have been killed and many villages have been razed since the beginning of 2018.

Williams Adamu, a relative of Ayuba, told Morning Star News that there were Fulani attacks on the village that occurred in 2017 and 2015. He called the Nov. 15 attack “one too many.”

According to The Guardian of Nigeria, the police said that two suspects connected with the Nov. 14 murders have been arrested.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith