CHRISTIAN villagers in northern Nigeria have described attacks
by Fulani herdsmen. Their reports come amid warnings that the
violence is spreading southwards.
On Friday of last week, Release International published a
transcript of a recording of interviews with survivors of attacks
in Plateau state in central Nigeria. One man, Samuel, described how
eight members of his family had been burned alive in their home in
an overnight attack. Survivors reported that security forces had
collaborated in the attacks.
Release International has warned that "the Fulani are getting
better organised and better armed, and their attacks are spreading
to the south." It cites an "alarming rise in attacks in the more
southerly Benue state".
On Tuesday of last week, the Barnabas Fund reported that at
least 119 people had been killed in attacks on three Christian
villages in Kaduna state, in the north, in which hundreds of homes
and some churches were set alight. It reports that the attacks were
perpetrated by ethnic Fulani Muslim herdsmen, armed with guns and
The violence is not linked to the ongoing attacks by Boko Haram,
a group linked to al-Qaeda, which wants to impose sharia in
On Saturday, at least 20 people were killed after a bomb was
detonated in a marketplace in Bama, Borno state. It is suspected to
be the work of Boko Haram. On Friday, the state shut all of its
schools after an attack last month in which dozens of pupils were