Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed 10 Christians in three villages in this area in Plateau state last week in what authorities called a cattle-rustling attempt, but a visit to the home where eight members of one family were killed revealed the presence of no cows.
A state official was quick to deny that the attack was rooted in the ethno-religious violence that has convulsed the state, and military officials asserted that security forces recovered 20 cows and killed five of the rustlers in thwarting an attempted theft, but a Morning Star News reporter found no evidence of cattle ownership at the home in Kukyek village where eight family members were slain in the wee hours of Oct. 10.
The ethnic Fulani Muslims also attacked the villages of Zatsitsa-Kudeson and Chehwyanang, also in the Bakin Kogi Foron area of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area in central Nigeria, killing two other Christians, sources said.
Nigerian newspaper reports erroneously identifying the names of villages and victims and describing the raid as an incident of “cattle rustling” in which residents supposedly engaged the assailants in gun-battle, were speculative and not based on facts obtained first-hand, local Christians told Morning Star News.
Among the eight killed in Kukyek by heavily armed, ethnic Fulani Muslims were two girls, 10-year-old Dorothy Luka Kpagyang and 6-year-old Hope Luka Kpagyang, their uncle, Daniel Yohanna Kpagyang, told Morning Star News. Also shot to death in their home were his son, father, mother and brother, the 48-year-old Kpagyang said.
“These Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacking Christians should know that death is not an exclusive preserve for Christians,” Kpagyang said. More....