Muslim mobs on 14 May targeted Christians in Nigeria’s Sokoto State in violent protests over the arrest of gang leaders who had killed a Christian college student, Deborah Yakubu, two days earlier.
Properties belonging to Christians in Sokoto city, including churches, were damaged, writes Masara Kim.
Masara Kim investigates the events that led to Deborah's murder, and the history of blasphemy killings in Nigeria.
On the morning of 12 May, Deobrah was dragged out of class during an examination. “Some of her mates shielded her and smuggled her to the security office in the college but police who were deployed early enough did not go to the scene to rescue her. Instead, they fired teargas from outside,” said one source.
A Nigerian Christian student was murdered on her university campus yesterday by a mob of Muslim students who accused her of blaspheming Islam.
Two videos posted online show the aftermath of the killing. In one, a half dozen men beat Deborah’s lifeless body with sticks while they shout “Allahu Akbar” (God is great). A second video shows her body burning while her killers boast about killing her.
Barely three months out of jail, Luka Binniyat risks being imprisoned again. Binniyat, a journalist and human rights activist who has been repeatedly jailed for his reporting on massacres of Christians in Kaduna state, has been summoned to appear in court again on Friday, to answer for charges that date to 2017. His supporters fear that his bail will be revoked, and that he will be returned to prison.
Pastor Yohanna Matongson from rural Plateau State was kidnapped by a gang of five AK-47-carrying militants who were looking to extort money from his small congregation. Such extortions pose a threat to the church's finances and prevent growth, paving the way for Islamic domination in an area currently witnessing rapid encroachment by Fulani Muslims, writes Masara Kim.
By Masara Kim, reporting from Jos Thousands of Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region are currently homeless following a daylight attack by Muslim militants on 26 April, which killed at least 21 people. According to local sources, dozens of armed men in multiple groups stormed four farming towns on the boundaries of Kaduna and Plateau States at about 4pm local time, shooting and burning houses. Ezekiel Isa, a resident of one of the towns in southeastern Kauru Local Government Area of...
On the evening of Thursday 24 March 2022 Fulani militias unleashed mayhem in the western part of Giwa local government area of Kaduna State, claiming over one hundred lives and destroying properties worth millions.
Two people have been reported killed after armed men believed to be Fulani militiamen ambushed the convoy of Musa Agah, a newly-elected member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives, last night at 9 pm.
Muslim clerics publicly charged followers to vote for Muslim candidates prior to the elections. At the time, leaders of the local Christian tribes had reported that more than 24,000 of their members displaced from 16 towns risked disenfranchisement.
On 6 April, Pastor Samson Boyi was on the site rebuilding his family house. More than ten others were also there, joyfully raising their houses. But few minutes after 3 o’clock, six armed men arrived on motorcycles and opened fire.