Kaduna villagers flee as Muslim Fulani herdsmen kill 2 Christians

Villagers in Kaduna State in northern Nigeria were forced to flee for their lives as Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked and killed two Christian men in the middle of the night.

(REUTERS / Afolabi Sotunde)A man walks past a Fulani house made of leaves in Kaduna, Nigeria. January 9, 2017.

On Nov. 21, Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacked the village of Kwanti near midnight and started shooting people, killing two members of the Assemblies of God Church. The assailants also kidnapped two women but released them on Dec. 3 after the family gave them a ransom of 5 million naira ($13,770), the Morning Star News detailed.

"We pray God will convict our attackers and make them to repent from these evil acts against us," said 60-year-old Madami Agiya, the father of the two men who were killed by the Fulani attackers. "Pray for us, as we have been forced to abandon our homes. We do not know what to do, as security agencies in Kaduna State are unable to stop the attacks on us."

The Muslim assailants also took the mobile phones of Agiya's two sons and used them to give instructions on the ransom. Agiya revealed that his sons had also paid a ransom when he was kidnapped by the same group in March.

The attacks in Kwanti have resulted in the shutdown of four churches in the village. The Christians who Morning Star talked to said they could not take the violence anymore and have to transfer to another place.

Earlier this month, Christian leaders in northern Nigeria accused the government of not having the political will to protect believers from the attacks of the Fulani herdsmen. The call came in the wake of the death of at least four people when the Muslim assailants attacked a mining area in Jol village in Plateau state, World Watch Monitor reported.

Authorities had earlier arrested two Fulani herders for allegedly leading their cattle into villagers' irrigation farms in Tanjol. The arrests sparked anger among other herders, leading to the attack on the mining site.