Baptist Pastor Injured By Fulani Herdsmen in an Attack
Baptist Pastor Injured By Fulani Herdsmen in an Attack: According to a local, Fulani herdsmen invaded a community in Nigeria‘s Nasarawa state, murdering one Christian and injuring three others, including a pastor.
Earlier this year, there were attacks in other parts of Nasarawa. On May 19, herdsmen invaded the largely Christian community of Takalafiya in Karu County, killing a pastor and 43 other Christians.
According to local resident Denz Bartholomew Zarme, Fulani militants invaded Tattara Mada and Ngah Barau villages in Kokona County on May 13 as residents were burying 11 Christians who had been killed in these localities between April 16 and 18.
According to Nathaniel Lauji, the herders assaulted Kola village in Akwanga County at around 10 a.m. on Sept. 20, murdering Amos Vonne Wakayi and injuring Baptist pastor Rev. Thomas Wakayi, Victor Yakubu, and Sunday Wakayi.
Lauji said, “The injured victims are being treated at Our Lady of Apostles (OLA) Hospital, Akwanga, a Roman Catholic health facility.”
The attack forced Christians to flee from Kola and the villages of Angre, Tabu, Nganche, and Bohar, he said.
“Of this number, seven Christians were from Tattara Mada, and four other Christians were from Ngah Barau,” Zarme said. “The pain of the brutal attacks and the sorrow it caused were evident at the memorial service, with bereaved families and friends of those killed weeping uncontrollably.”
The burial followed a memorial service at the mortuary of the Catholic Church’s health facility in Garaku.
Christian leaders in Nigeria believe that herdsmen’s attacks on Christian villages in Nigeria’s Middle Belt are motivated by their desire to forcibly seize Christians’ lands and impose Islam.