Nigeria: Family wiped out, man beheaded as mobs rampage, burning churches and killing Christians

January 26, 2024

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“Plateau crisis: Family wiped out, man beheaded as CAN chair accuses military of aiding killing of Christians,” by Obinna Ezugwu, Hallmark News, January 25, 2024:

The religious crisis in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State on Wednesday, took a more dangerous turn as mobs went on rampage, burning Christian worship centres, and killing just about anyone within reach.

The latest violence follows the Christmas Eve attacks on communities in three local government areas of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen in which not less than 200 people were killed, according to several accounts.

The Gunmen had stormed Ndun, Ngyong, Murfet, Makundary, Tamiso, Chiang, Tahore, Gawarba, Dares, Meyenga, Darwat, and Butura Kampani villages in the Barkin Ladi, Mangu and Bokkos areas of the state, burning houses and shooting residents.

On Wednesday (yesterday), a graphic video of a young man being beheaded by a suspected Muslim mob trended on Wednesday, even as a family of five, including both parents and three children were killed by the assailants, witnesses said.

This is as over 30 persons were killed in the early hours of same Wednesday by gunmen who attacked Kwahaslalek village in the restive local government.

Reports said the victims who were mostly women and children, had run to the house of a community leader in the area on Tuesday night for safety following an earlier unrest during the day in Mangu town when the gunmen surrounded them and killed all of them

The Chairman of Mwaghavul Development Association, Joseph Gwankat, who confirmed the killing, said it was callous.

“I couldn’t sleep last night as a result of what happened in Mangu town during the day yesterday. Now, I have just been told Kwahaslalek village was attacked last night and about 30 people were killed .

“From what I was told, the unrest in Mangu town yesterday created fears in many communities. Some people in the village went and evacuated their loved ones and assembled them in a place where they thought was safe.

“So in the night, the killers went to Kwahaslalek village where the people mostly women and children were assembled and killed all of them,” he said…

CAN chairman accuses military of aiding killing of Christians

Meanwhile the chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Mangu Local Government Area, Rev Timothy Daluk, on Wednesday, accused the Nigerian military of supervising the killings of Christians and destruction of properties in Plateau state….

“Enough is enough. We have cried, but the government is not listening. If they switch off their phones, then where else do we take our cries to?” he quizzed.