Luka Binniyat, a journalist and human rights activist from Kaduna State in Nigeria, spent three months in jail on trumped-up charges linked to his reporting on Fulani militia attacks on Christians in his state. Just days after his release on 3 February, Binniyat spoke to CSI about the events that led up to his arrest, the “evil” being meted out to Christians in Kaduna State, and the horrors of prison life in Nigeria.
From January 1 to January 21, at least 615 people have been reported as murdered by ‘bandits’, ‘herdsmen’, ‘gunmen’ and ‘Fulani’ militants, and at least 231 known persons were abducted by the aforementioned. Approximately 13,050 Nigerian people have been displaced from their homes due to the violence. These statistics have been aggregated from reports in both the international and local Nigerian press.
Today, 5 November 2021, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, a courageous critic of the Nigerian government, will be laid to rest. Dr. John Eibner, the International President of CSI, wrote a letter to Dr. Mailafia's widow on the occasion.
Dr Obadiah Mailafia, an outspoken critic of the Nigerian government who received death threats after publicly challenging official narratives about the sectarian violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, has died suddenly aged 64.