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USCIRF Condemns School Abductions in Nigeria

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned the attack on a Christian school in Nigeria, where 125 students are reportedly missing after unknown gunmen raided Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna State. “Religious freedom includes the freedom to attend religious schools and to learn and teach according to one’s beliefs,” said USCIRF Commissioner Frederick A. Davie. […]

How ISWAP attacked Dabma village in Adamawa, killing 14 citizens and setting 2 churches on fire

At 3:30pm on the 7th of July, Organised Armed Group (OAG) operatives aboard several Heavy Machine Gun (HMG)-mounted light trucks shot and killed at least 14 civilians and set two churches on fire In Dabnna village, Hong LGA, Adamawa state. They also looted foodstuff and valuables before withdrawing. Reportedly, the operatives actively searched for Christian residents during the attack.  On […]

140 schoolchildren abducted from Bethel Baptist High School Kaduna

On Monday, reports emerged of another mass kidnapping from a school in Kaduna state. The mother of a 15-year-old girl who was kidnapped from Bethel Baptist School told journalists at 140 schoolchildren were seized by a large group of armed men who arrived on motorbikes and broke down the fence. In a statement, police said gunmen “overpowered the school’s security […]

WATCH: Boko Haram fighters pledge allegiance to Islamic State in video, worrying observers

A group of fighters from Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram pledged allegiance to rivals the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) weeks after the former group’s leader died, according to a video seen by Reuters. The video fuels fears that ISWAP is consolidating control of the insurgency in northeastern Nigeria following the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau last […]

People are not numbers; they are no statistics

12 persons were killed on Sunday June 13, 2021 by Fulani herdsmen in Kushe community in Kuru District of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. The killing took place at about 9:30pm when the herdsmen storm the community and shot on the people sporadically. The District Head and Gwom Rwey Kuru, Da Patrick Mandung confirmed the incident at […]

Fulani Militia Burnt Church, Abducts Students

Some young students and their female teacher who had gathered at a school, Prince Academy School, to write the Junior School Certificate Examination in Damba-Kasanya village in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, northwest Nigeria, were attacked and abducted by suspected Fulani militia on August 24, 2020. The rural school, about 30 kilometers east of Kaduna city, was attacked around […]

Ethnic Differences Fueling Katsina Killings, says PSJ

After killing 30 people across some communities in Katsina state on 16 February, 2020, and then others in March, armed Fulani herdsmen, in an early morning attack on communities in Safana, Danmusa and Dutsenma local governments, April 18, killed 47 people. But while the Katsina state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Gambo Isah, a Superintendent of Police, confirmed the killings […]

UK Government reveals new plans for human rights sanctions regime to get tough on abusers

UK Government reveals new plans for human rights sanctions regime to get tough on abusers Other proposals from Boris Johnson’s team include compulsory Foreign Office religious literacy training and leading on human rights at the UN The UK Government has revealed it is set to sanction high-profile individuals with a track record of human rights abuses around the world. The […]

PSJ Nigeria & ICON met with US Secretary of State, Mr. Mike Pompeo

Nigerian Christians continue to be the target of attacks and victims of religious and systematic persecution — with attacks becoming even more aggressive and daring under the current administration.   Since 2015, more than 6,000 Christians have been killed in Nigeria and more than 1,000 churches torched. Experts have warned the country may be nearing a tipping point and if […]