Report: 1,470 Christians Killed by Islamic Jihadists in Nigeria in First 4 Months of 2021

By Michael W. Chapman | May 19, 2021 | 4:24pm EDT
The wreckage of a car hit by an attack led by Boko Haram members is seen surrounded by residents of the Adam Kolo district of Maiduguri on February 24, 2021. - Boko Haram jihadists attacked the Nigerian city of Maiduguri in the volatile northeast, killing 16 people, including nine children who were playing football in a field, local militia told AFP February 24, 2021. (Photo by Stringer / AFP) (Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)
The wreckage of a car hit by an attack led by Boko Haram members is seen surrounded by residents of the Adam Kolo district of Maiduguri on February 24, 2021. - Boko Haram jihadists attacked the Nigerian city of Maiduguri in the volatile northeast, killing 16 people, including nine children who were playing football in a field, local militia told AFP February 24, 2021. (Photo by Stringer / AFP) (Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNS News) -- In the first four months of 2021, at least 1,470 Christians were brutally killed by Islamic Jihadists in Nigeria, according to a report by the International Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law (Intersociety). 

In addition to the killings, an estimated 3,200 Nigerians were abducted by jihadists, 2,200 of whom were Christians. 

"The 1,470 Christian deaths in four months is the highest number recorded since 2014 and it specifically surpassed the total number of Christians killed in 2019," states the report. 

Graves of 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen are watched by onlookers during a funeral service at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria. (Getty Images)
Graves of 17 worshippers and two priests, who were allegedly killed by Fulani herdsmen are watched by onlookers during a funeral service at Ayati-Ikpayongo in Gwer East district of Benue State, north-central Nigeria. (Getty Images)

In Kaduna, which is in Northwest Nigeria, approximately 300 Christians were slaughtered out of 430 total victims, said Intersociety. 

About 200 Christians were killed in Benue, which is a North Central state in Nigeria. There were 90 Christians killed in Plateau; 80 killed in Ebonyi, Enugu, and Anambra; and 70 killed in Niger. (See report for more details.) 

There is a 26-page addendum attached to the Intersociety report, which provides details on the murders and abductions of the Christian Nigerians. Much of the information is gathered from African, British, and U.S. news outlets, as well as eyewitness accounts and testimonies.

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For instance, in a report from Apr. 17, 2021: "According to the Nigerian Tribune, suspected Fulani Jihadists invaded Wereng community in Plateau state on Thursday evening, killing six and severely injuring two. 'While they were resting, the gunmen, numbering about 15 who had probably been monitoring them appeared and shot at them at close range. They killed six of them on the spot while two sustained injuries,' a source told the Tribune, adding that the insurgents also destroyed farms during the attack.

"The two surviving victims are currently receiving treatment at the Christian Hospital in Vom, Jos South local government area. The assault comes just days after eight miners were killed in the same council area when suspected herdsmen attacked a mining site and opened fire."

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The Tribune further reported, "The Fulani Militia is the fourth deadliest terror group in the world and has surpassed Boko Haram as the greatest threat to Nigerian Christians. Many believe that the attacks are motivated by Jihadist Fulani’s desire to take over farmland and impose Islam on the population, and are frustrated with the government that is believed to be enabling such atrocities.

"On December 7th, The U.S. State Department added Nigeria to their list of Countries of Particular Concern for tolerating 'systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.'"

On Apr. 28, 2021, the Morning Star News reported that Fulani herdsmen had killed 33 Christians in one week in Benue, Nigeria. 

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In its 2021 report, the U.S. Commission on International and Religious Freedom (USCIF) stated, "The failure of many in the international human rights community and the Western media to accurately describe what is really happening in Nigeria is inexcusable.

"More Christians have been killed for their faith in Nigeria in the last year than in the entire Middle East. Unless we find our voice, what is happening in Nigeria will move relentlessly toward a Christian genocide."

USCIF Vice Chair Tony Perkins said, “Nigerians have waited too long for the violence to stop. Seven years since the outrageous abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, copycats are still popping up all over, taking inspiration from Boko Haram and other extremist groups."

"It is the Nigerian people who pay the price," he said, "people like Leah Sharibu, who just passed her third year in captivity having been abducted from her school in 2018 and is still held for refusing to abandon her Christian faith.”

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