Fulani herdsmen on Dec. 17 killed three Christians as they worked on their farm in Benue state, Nigeria, Morning Star News reported.
The armed herdsmen have also been destroying villagers’ crops, a source said, adding, “These are some of the terrible things farmers in Benue state have been facing over the years.”
In Guma County’s Yelewata village, herdsmen on Nov. 29 killed a Christian, his wife and a daughter and wounded another daughter as they worked on their farm, area sources said.
The family belongs to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Yelewata, where Christiana Ukertor served as chairperson of the St. Joseph Catholic mission in Yelwata, Ngugar said.
‘Tide of unceasing attacks’
A police spokesperson said officers have been sent to both areas.
“Security agencies, including police personnel, have been deployed to the area to stem the tide of unceasing attacks on the communities in those areas of the state,” the spokesman told Morning Star News.
Christian leaders in Nigeria have said they believe herdsmen attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt are inspired by their desire to forcefully take over Christians’ lands and impose Islam as desertification has made it difficult for them to sustain their herds.
In the 2022 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Nigeria jumped to seventh place, its highest ranking ever, from No. 9 the previous year.