See below an update of the latest incidents in Nigeria:

26 November 2021 – Between March – June 2021, more than 50 0f the 357 civilians were abducted by police and soldiers from Orlu and Obigbo areas. Around 95 of these residents were discovered in lock centres and prisons in Kaduna state, however, 257 residents are still missing. Whilst these abductees were held in army captivity, they were refused the opportunity to change clothes and the women did not receive underwear or sanitary products. These people were abducted during their sleep or from their work, having nothing to do with “Biafra matters”. 27 November – 66 members of Kakau Daji, Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kaduna state were abducted with a ransom set at N99 million. However, in the attack, 3 worshippers were shot and killed and 2 worshippers were hospitalised and injured severely. The attackers picked these 5 victims (all young men between the ages of 15 – 24) as though they were going to release them, instead they lined them up and shot at them.

Nigeria – CSW says “There has been no improvement in the situation of religious minorities in the last 12 months. On the contrary, it has deteriorated significantly.”

29 November 2021 – Nigeria being removed from the CPC (Country of Particular Concern) list was met with widespread disapproval, especially by the USCIRF (US Commission on International Religious Freedom) who recommended the inclusion of Nigeria 2 months prior. The violence in Nigeria has intensified exponentially under President Buhari’s administration, as seen in the rise of abductions for ransoms, attacks on educational establishments, and the extensive violence of armed Fulani militia attacks on vulnerable communities. Despite the increase of security presence, official responses to the violence are ineffective and continue to leave Nigerian civilians, especially Christians, feeling vulnerable. The ineffective responses include the Kaduna state mobile and internet blackout implemented to prevent communication between the abductors, however, on multiple occasions, they have bragged about using satellite phones and walkie talkies. Concerns develop as the armed Fulani militia are joining ties with terrorists from the northeast, as noted with numerous bomb-makers hiding and working in the forests of Kaduna state with an Al Qaeda affiliate Ansaru. Additionally, Christian communities face several violations including abduction, forced marriage and conversion of underage girls, and land seizures without compensation. Furthermore, the government of Kaduna state demolished 263 buildings overnight including homes, a school and 6 churches located in Zaire, a predominantly Christian community. Bloggers and journalists have become too intimidated by the draconian broadcasting act, as their freedom of expression is met with arbitrary and lengthy pre-trial detention. Thus, the USA removing Nigeria from the CPC list allows perpetrators to get away with general lawlessness and religion-related violence with no sign of consequence.

30 November 2021 – The Christian community of Zamfara State were threatened by bandits in a letter stating that if they do not close down churches they will risk ferocious attacks. However, the police department ensures that they are “on top of the threat” as they have invited the leader of CAN to discuss security measures, placing a special squad to patrol the area, and secret personnel deployed to gather intelligence. CAN representative directed the churches to not hold activities after 5 pm for the next 3 months.

30 November 2021 – Around 1 am, armed Fulani militia attacked a Christian village, Ta’agbe village, in Plateau state setting more than 100 homes on fire and killing 10 people, including a 4, 6, and 8 year old. The armed Fulani militia was carrying sophisticated weaponry and dressed in all black screaming “Allahu Akbar” meaning “Allah is the greatest”. This attack has resulted in more than 700 people being displaced with no resources to survive and the loss of innocent loved ones. Nigerians are beginning to hold the government accountable for the inaction against terrorism and dramatic increase in murder, as seen that since 2000, between 50, 000 – 70, 000 people have been killed.

No Link: A Catholic Parishioner of St. John’s Catholic Church was abducted along Maiduguri- Damaturu road 2 December 2021 – The ICC released a report detailing the patterns of unjust persecution on the Christian communities in Kaduna state, especially those imposed by Nigerian Governor Nasir El-Rufai lockdowns and “No Protests Allowed”. The implementation of stay-at-home lockdowns has resulted in Christians being trapped in their homes, ultimately preventing them the opportunity to organizing early warning systems from attacks on their villages. As seen, over 100 Christians were murdered as a result of Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s enforced lockdown of the majority-owned Christian agricultural area for 2 months. Similarly, the ICC reveals how the “No Protests Allowed” exposed Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s abundance of wealth and his families continuous international travel to areas including the Caribbean, New York, London, Dubai and Paris. Through Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s families social media pages, the ICC were able to expose how they used their money; one being an Instagram post of his family drinking a 24kt gold flaked sparkling apple juice in a hotel in Dubai. The ICC exposes how the Nigerian government has not been an impartial player, which does not bode well for the future of religious freedom in Nigeria.

No Link: According to Bishop of Makurdi

Concerning my diocese of Makurdi, while I express gratitude to God Almighty for his continuous graces on us, I sadly bring to your attention the news that the killings of our people by terrorist killer herdsmen has not abated.

  • On the 4th of October, 2021, there was an attack on the Tse-Ukohol community in Guma LGA where five persons were killed and scores injured.
  • On the 7th of October 2021, another attack took place at Tse- Orkpe village also in Guma LGA where four persons were killed and scores injured.
  • On the 13th of October, 2021 yet another attack took place in a village called Udayagba in Guma LGA, where two individuals were killed and scores injured. In the month of November there have been two attacks:
  • On 8th November 2021 at Onmbaagbu community in Gwer West LGA, one person was killed and scores injured.
  • On 23rd November 2021 at the New city village of Tyoughatee and Injaha ward in Gwer West LGA, two women were raped and others injured.

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