Nigeria: Jihadists Seek Out and Kill Two Christians During Attack on Town in Yobe State

May 1, 2021

The murder of Christians has become grimly routine, as it takes place now practically a daily basis. This crisis has grown in the face of continued inaction from the Nigerian government and law enforcement apparatus. 

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, continues to implore the United Nations and the governments of all nations that are committed to human rights and religious freedom to make the plight of Nigeria’s Christians a top priority. 

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria from, see here.

“Jihadists Seek Out and Kill Two Nigerian Christians During Attack on Town in Yobe State,” Barnabas Fund, April 30, 2021:

At least two Christians were sought out and killed by jihadists who invaded a town in Nigeria’s northern Yobe State on 23 April.

Around 2,000 residents of Geidam fled their homes after members of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) took control of the town, looting and burning stores.

“Everybody is running away because the insurgents have started killing people who are Christians and those with Western education,” said a resident.

“So far they have killed two Christians and two Muslim school teachers. They went to their homes and slaughtered them,” said another local.

A Barnabas contact said that one of the murdered Christians was a member of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA). The church secretary said they were struggling to recover his body for burial. “Our members at Geidam are now displaced,” he said. “We need your prayers.”

The death toll from the attack was unknown at the time of writing; however, at least eleven residents died when a projectile hit two adjoining homes, killing all occupants, as the jihadists fought to take over the local army base.

According to an eye witness, the jihadists dropped ISWAP leaflets around the town, calling for the establishment of an Islamic state. “We are fighting unbelievers; Christians and any other person or group going against the teaching of Islam even if they are Muslims,” the leaflets stated….