Nigerian Christian Lawyer in Hiding After Receiving Death Threats for Defending Victims of Fulani Attacks

An altar boy swings the thurible of incense during a morning service at the Saint Charles Catholic Church, the site of a 2014 bomb attack blamed on Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, in the predominantly-Christian neighborhood of Sabon Gari in Kano, northern Nigeria Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. With the leading contenders both northern Muslims, Nigeria’s presidential contest has been largely free of the religious pressures that marked the 2015 vote, but the Christian vote is bound to be decisive in a race that could sweep the incumbent out of power. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

A Nigerian Christian lawyer and leader of the Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria is now in hiding after receiving death threats for speaking publicly about the unrelenting attacks on Christians.

Dalyop Solomon has spoken out against the murder of Christians by the terrorist group Boko Haram and radical Fulani herdsmen. He visited villages where men and women were murdered, speaking with witnesses to document what happened.

Islamist militias in Nigeria murdered an estimated 1,202 Christians between January and June of this year. These murders are genocide, according to Jubilee Campaign USA, which submitted its data and research from Nigeria to the International Criminal Court last year.

Those who are attempting to hunt down and kill Solomon are being helped by people outside of Nigeria, an anonymous source claimed in an interview with Nigeria’s Opera News.

“Inside sources revealed on Monday that his photograph has been taken to Saudi Arabia, and his phone contact is being trailed from Abuja (Nigeria’s capital) just to have him shot dead or captured alive. His present residence has been traced by some hired agents,” the anonymous source said.

Solomon has spoken out to defend persecuted Nigerian Christians for over a decade. He also tracks and reports attacks against Christians in Central Nigeria and has prosecuted attackers who’ve killed Christians and destroyed their villages.

After Fulani militants annexed a village where he lived and renamed its school after a Fulani leader, Solomon successfully petitioned the government to return the school to its original name. Although the government didn’t allow Solomon and other displaced residents to return to their homes, keeping the original name was their way of denying legitimacy to the Fulani landgrab.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jackson Elliott

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