Nigerian Pastor’s Murder Raises Terror Suspicions

Armed Fulani herdsmen
Armed Fulani herdsmen
Locals blame the Fulani, a lesser-known but deadly group

Gunmen on Thursday murdered a pastor in Nigeria’s Nasarawa state. Locals have accused militant Fulani herdsmen of carrying out the attack as similar killings have been on the rise in the region.

The Rev. Kura Joseph, 50, served as a pastor with the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) and also as the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Nasarawa’s Obi local government. Numan Umaru Ismalia, the regional spokesman with the Nigeria Police Force, said two gunmen attacked Kura.

“They attacked and cut his two hands, picked his [phone] and left,” the Nasarawa Mirror reported. “The reverend begged them to take even his motorcycle and leave him alive, but they still went ahead to kill him.”

Samalia Joseph, Kura’s nephew, said he received the news of his uncle’s death while in Abuja, Nigeria. He said Kura was on the way to his farm on his motorcycle when the gunmen attacked him. Witnesses identified the attackers as Fulani herdsmen, Samalia said.

“According to the people who were there, they claimed they were Fulani,” he said. “Even if they weren’t, they were wearing Fulani attire.”

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Onize Ohikere