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  • Advocates sue Nigeria for Christian girl's release

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- The Nigerian government should urgently secure the release of a Christian schoolgirl that Boko Haram terrorists have threatened to imminently kill because of her faith, an advocacy group said in a Nigerian federal lawsuit.

    Lift Up Now, led by Southern Baptist Nigerian native Adeniya Ojutiku of Raleigh, N.C., is one of three plaintiffs in the Sept. 19 lawsuit urging Nigeria to secure the release of Leah Sharibu, described in court documents as 16 years old.

    Boko Haram captured Sharibu and about 110 of her classmates Feb. 19 from the Government Girls Secondary School in the Yobe state town of Dapchi in ... Read More

  • Christian 'genocide': naming Nigeria's mass slaughter

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 06, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    MIDDLE BELT, Nigeria (BP) -- The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria is calculated genocide abetted by the government in the nation that is Africa's most Christian, cries a growing number of leaders calling on the United States to intervene.

    Evangelical John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, is among the latest to describe as genocide the killing of some 6,000 Christians this year alone in Nigeria by jihadist Fulani herdsmen aided by resurging Boko Haram terrorists. Read More

  • Pastor: 120 Nigerian Christians killed leaving funeral

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    PLATEAU, Nigeria (BP) -- Armed Fulani herdsmen killed 120 Christian mourners and injured others leaving a weekend funeral in Plateau State, a Nigerian pastor reported, although varying casualty counts exceed 200.

    "Fulani people attacked our members who attended the burial of the father (of) one of our clergy," Pam Chollom, a pastor who leads the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) Regional Church Council, told the Premium Times of Nigeria June 24. "The armed Fulani ambushed the sympathizers on their way back from the burial, attacked and killed 34 persons from Nekan village, 39 others from Kufang, and 47 people from Ruku village." Read More

  • 86 die in Fulani herdsmen clashes with Christian farmers

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, June 25, 2018 (5 months ago)

    BP file photo.
    PLATEAU, Nigeria (BP) -- At least 86 people were killed June 23 in Nigeria's Plateau State in clashes reportedly between Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Christian farmers, Plateau police said.

    Six others were injured and 50 homes were destroyed, Plateau Police Commissioner Undie Adie confirmed the following day, although it was not clear how many of the dead were farmers. The weekend violence capped three days of attacks on Christian farmers in Plateau villages, police told the Guardian, and is the latest in an ages-old feud for land rights. Read More

  • U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The United States has a responsibility to act to curtail extremist violence in Nigeria, religious freedom and human rights advocates from both countries said in a Capitol Hill briefing.

    The June 5 event, sponsored by International Christian Concern (ICC), focused on a West African country that is by far the largest population-wise on the continent and is plagued by religious- and ethnic-based violence especially from Islamic forces. Among the 25 most populous countries in the world, Nigeria has the highest level of social hostilities, according to a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center. Nigeria ranks behind only Iraq and Afghanistan on the 2017 Global Terrorism Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Read More

  • 148 Boko Haram sex slaves, forced laborers rescued

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, June 05, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Nigeria Defense Headquarters photo
    BORNO, Nigeria (BP) -- Nearly 150 children and adults enslaved by Boko Haram terrorists for sex and labor have been rescued from a remote camp in Borno state, Nigeria's defense leaders said June 4.

    "The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 women and 75 children revealed ... that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used them as sex slaves," the military said in a press briefing after the June 3 rescue. "The men were not spared, as they were regularly engaged in forced labor while in the captivity of the terrorists." Read More

  • 1,000 Boko Haram captives freed in ongoing battle

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 11, 2018 (7 months ago)

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    BORNO STATE, Nigeria (BP) -- More than 1,000 captives were freed and 50 Boko Haram terrorists killed this week in ongoing fighting in Borno State, Nigerian military officials said.

    Women, children and a few young men forced to fight for Boko Haram comprised the freed captives, Nigerian Brig. Gen. Texas Chukwu said in a May 7 press release. He did not give an exact number of those freed, but said the Multinational Joint Task Force (MJTF) retrieved the captives from Boko Haram enclaves in four villages in the Baba local government area of Borno State. Read More

  • Nigerian Christians protest Fulani, Islamic terrorism

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, May 01, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Christian Association of Nigeria photo
    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Nigerian Christians are peacefully protesting terrorist attacks as advocacy groups urge Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to protect the church.

    Churches across the country responded to the Christian Association of Nigeria's (CAN) call to peacefully protest April 29, CAN said, with additional protests planned May 6.

    Protest marches with Christian songs and prayers preceded Buhari's April 30 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington, where advocacy groups hoped Trump would pressure Buhari to enact counterterrorism measures. Read More

  • 5 Nigerian schoolgirls died in raid, teen told parent

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 22, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    DAPCHI, Nigeria (BP) -- Boko Haram on March 21 released most of the 110 schoolgirls kidnapped from Dapchi, Nigeria, a month ago, but five girls still missing are feared dead, and a lone student remains captive because of her Christianity, the Associated Press reported today (March 22).

    Five of the girls who remain missing died of injuries suffered in a stampede when Boko Haram abducted them Feb. 19 from the Government Girls Secondary School, a parent of one of the five girls learned from another student, the AP reported. The reportedly deceased girls were buried in graves in the bush, the student said, but the deaths have not been confirmed. Read More

  • Group seeks new U.S. religious freedom post for Nigeria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BP) -- A religious and secular coalition will urge Congress to create a U.S. coordinator for religious freedom in Nigeria as terrorism against Christians and other religious minorities intensifies in the African nation.

    Termed the special coordinator for religious minorities and terrorism, the post would serve as a direct link between U.S. and Nigerian governments to address religious persecution, terrorism and the resulting economic crisis in Nigeria, a coalition representative told Baptist Press today (March 8). Read More