ABUJA, Nigeria — Thirty-one Christians were killed in a matter of days in the Nigerian states of Plateau and Taraba.
Morning Star News reported that extremists are suspected in the slayings of 11 Christians in Plateau state and 20 in Taraba state. The attacks upon multiple villages occurred June 23, 25, 26 and 27.
“[O]ur communities are now under the firm occupation of terrorists and herdsmen,” said Isaiah Magaji Jirapye, a pastor and chairman of the Taraba State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria.
In the past 24 months, more than 200 Christians have been killed and about 5,000 homes destroyed in the town of Takum and in areas nearby, sources told Morning Star.
In a statement, six Christian legislators of the Taraba State House of Assembly said, “… [Some] villages have been overrun by bandits and terrorists who have forcefully ejected the Christian inhabitants and turned their farmlands into grazing fields, banditry camps and safe havens for other criminal activities, such as kidnapping.”
Nigeria is No. 6 on Open Doors’ 2023 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian. Nigeria has led the world in the number of Christians killed for their faith or abducted.