Again Fulani kill 14 in Jos
Fulani Islamic militia have once more killed 14 people, mostly women and children, on Thursday 27, at Rukuba Road, about 3 miles from the predominantly Christian town of Jos, the Plateau State capital in central Nigeria. Three others were killed by security forces bringing the number of the dead to about 17 people.
Eye witnesses said herdsmen attacked the community while it was raining and very few people heard the gunshots at about 8:00 pm because of a thunderstorm. A family of nine people were among the people wiped out by the attackers.
Global Christian News was at Gada Biyu and the Evangel Hospital Jos, and confirmed the number of the dead including a “pregnant woman who was killed by the Islamic Fulani Jihadists and her husband who was brought to the hospital alive but died from his gunshot wounds moments before her body was brought in.” A hospital staff said.
A least three other people were killed by soldiers who shot at a crowd of youths protesting the attack by the Fulani Militia. An unconfirmed number of people were wounded however Global Christian News reporter saw five at the Evangel Hospital and a nurse said they were overwhelmed by the number of the wounded since Thursday night.
The killings by soldiers further infuriated the already angry crowd and they attacked and vandalised a police station in Kabong in Jos town and destroyed three Tricycles. Many cars were smashed as unsuspecting people were attacked as the news of the protest spread inside Jos tow. Shops were hurriedly closed and panic caused tragic jams in many streets.
The Plateau state government condemned the killings and called for calm while imposing a dust to dawn curfew in Jos.
In June, Fulani herdsmen jihadists killed over 200 people in Barkin Ladi, about 30 miles south of Jos and displace over 13,000 people. Many are still in the refugee camps and unable to go back to their villages because the Fulani militia have taken over the villages and are still killing the villages who dared to go back to their homes.
Hassan John is West Africa editor GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos.