Nigerian Army Accused of Firing on University Students During Fulani Militia Attack

Nigerian army accused of firing on university students instead of Fulani militia during attacks on Christian villages in Plateau state, leaving many dead. Bishop Kukah criticizes government's failure to protect Christians, calls for urgent action.

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Nigerian Army Accused of Firing on University Students During Fulani Militia Attack

Nigerian Army Accused of Firing on University Students During Fulani Militia Attack

In a shocking incident, the Nigerian army has been accused of firing on university students instead of Fulani militia attackers during a recent assault on primarily Christian villages in Plateau state. The attacks, which occurred in the Mangu and Bokkos local councils, left many people dead and injured, including a promising 200-level Computer Science student of Plateau State University.

According to Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto, the Nigerian government and security forces have failed to protect Christian communities in the region. "The blood keeps flowing decade after decade," Kukah stated, regardless of who is in power. He criticized the military and other security agencies for not deploying the necessary intelligence and operational tools to identify, isolate, and bring the killers to justice.

The Plateau Peace Builders Network, a non-governmental organization, has condemned the renewed killings and passed a vote of confidence in the leadership and troops of Operation Safe Haven, which oversees security in the region. The network's independent investigations revealed that the attacks were carried out by suspected Fulani herders, and they have urged the military high command to ignore calls for the redeployment of troops, which they believe is an attempt by 'crisis merchants' to overrun vulnerable communities.

Why this matters: The ongoing violence and persecution faced by Christians in Nigeria at the hands of Fulani Islamist militants is a grave concern. With around 8,000 Christians killed by various Islamist forces in 2023 alone, and millions displaced into IDP and refugee camps, the situation demands urgent attention and action from the Nigerian government and international community.

The Conference of Plateau Peace Builders Network has called on the Chief of Defence Staff to deploy additional special forces to contain the excesses of the troublemakers and sustain the reign of terror in the Plateau region. Bishop Kukah emphasized the need for Christians in Nigeria to form militias to protect themselves, stating that the government and armed forces have "betrayed the embattled Christians for decades."

Key Takeaways

  • Nigerian army accused of firing on university students, not Fulani militia
  • Attacks in Plateau state left many dead, including a computer science student
  • Bishop Kukah criticizes military's failure to protect Christian communities
  • Plateau Peace Builders Network condemns killings, calls for military action
  • Over 8,000 Christians killed by Islamist forces in Nigeria in 2023 alone