Seven children and baby among 17 Nigerian Christians murdered by Fulani militants in remote village

14 May 2020

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Fulani militants murdered 17 Nigerian Christians, including a 70-year-old, seven children and a six-month-old baby, in Gonan Rogo village, Kajuru Local Government Area, Kaduna State, on 11 May.

A large gang of heavily armed militants stormed the remote Christian village on motorbikes shortly before midnight, killing around twelve people where they slept. Several other bodies were recovered from the surrounding bush, in this remote part of Kufana District.

A young child with dressed injuries who survived the Fulani militant attack

A further six Christians suffered critical gunshot and machete injuries in the attack. A number of other residents, who fled the militants’ sporadic gunfire, are still missing at the time of writing.

One of several homes in Gonan Rogo village that was burnt out by Fulani militants

The militants also set fire to the villagers’ homes and stole cattle.

This latest brutal attack is one of several that have surged in the Central Belt under diminished regional security resources due to the Covid-19 lockdown. On 23 and 25 April at least ten Christians in Kaduna State were murdered by a cohort of Fulani militants and, according to eyewitnesses, a band of uniformed army personnel.

The 17 murdered Christians were identified as:

  • Mailafiya Dallatu (70)
  • Yari Dallatu (60)
  • Na'omi Yari (57)
  • Popular Teacher (15)
  • Blessing Yari (9)
  • Paul Bawa (18)
  • Rahila Paul (25)
  • John Paul (6 months)
  • Jonathan Yakubu (35)
  • Sheba Jonathan (25)
  • Revelation Jonathan (9)
  • Rejoice Jonathan (6)
  • Patience Jonathan (15)
  • Biyayya Lucky (25)
  • Asan'alo Magaji (32)
  • Yayo Magaji (13)
  • Agei Magaji (8)
The mainly Christian community of Gonan Rogo gather to bury the loved ones murdered in the merciless attack

Those injured:

  • Abinso Yusuf
  • Isaiah Jonathan
  • Markus Kakuri
  • Philip Magaji
  • Magaji Ma'aji
  • Zipporah Jonathan

From Barnabas Fund contacts

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