In the last eight years, the sound of artillery gunfire has replaced the traditional Christmas songs in Southern Kaduna where jihadists fighters have launched attacks during the festivities. The massacre of rural dwellers in Mallagum and Sokong communities in Kaura local government area in the run-up to Christmas marked the continuation of this sad trend, writes Steven Kefas.
On 18 December, Fulani militiamen massacred 40 Christians in two villages in Kaura LGA of Kaduna state. In this piece, Father Aaron Tanko relates his observations after visiting the scene of the attacks and participating in the mass funeral service for the victims.
Steven Kefas is one of the leading journalists covering the slow genocide of indigenous Christians in his native state of Kaduna.
In July 2022, the threats against his life from Nigerian security services and Fulani militias became so great that he was forced to flee Nigeria to a third country.
Joel Veldkamp and Franklyne Ogbunwezeh from CSI interview Kefas about the genocide against Christians in southern Kaduna and the threats against his life.
Close to 40 people were killed in attacks in June 2022 in the Kajuru Local Government Area of southern Kaduna State, writes Masara Kim. More than 60 other residents were kidnapped during the attacks, which both occurred on a Sunday morning during church service.
Interview with Jonathan Asake, President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union.
For seven years, Christian communities in the south of Nigeria’s Kaduna State have been under increasing attack by Fulani Muslim militias. Massacres, kidnappings, and forced displacements have taken place on a massive scale. CSI recently spoke to Jonathan Asake, president of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, which is working to draw attention to this hidden crisis.
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.
On 3 February, Luka Binniyat was finally released from detention, a week after he received bail.
On 31 January, Nigeria Report published the article below, explaining the difficult bail conditions imposed on Binniyat by the federal court handling his case.
Luka Binniyat, a journalist and human rights activist from southern Kaduna State in Nigeria, has been jailed since 4 November for his reporting on Fulani violence against Christians in the state. His detention has caused an outcry from defenders of freedom of the press across Nigeria and beyond.
Christian Solidarity International (CSI) has appealed to Amnesty International to join in calling the Nigerian authorities to free detained Nigerian journalist and human rights activist Luka Binniyat.
Binniyat was jailed in November after reporting on Fulani militia attacks against Christian communities in Kaduna State.