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Rights Group Alleges 1,470 Christians killed in Nigeria 4 Months

By Ikeugonna Eleke

A rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), has claimed that a total of 1, 460 Christians have been killed in Nigeria between January and end of April this year.

The group also said that statistics gathered from its investigation showed that 2, 200 persons had also been abducted within the same period.

A statement signed by the principal officers of the group, including its chairman Board of Trustees, which was made available to Fides in Awka, contained the allegations.

The group in the statement said, “Nigeria has devastatingly remained the ‘most Christian killed country’ and ‘most dangerous place to be a Christian’, as well as Africa’s newest hotbed of Islamic Jihad and religious intolerance.

“Statistically shocking is the fact that the country has in the past four months or from January to April, 2021, lost no fewer than 1, 470 Christians. Also out of an estimated 3,200 defenseless Nigerians abducted by jihadists during the period, Nigerian Christians accounted for no fewer than 2, 200.

“The 1, 470 Christian deaths in four months is the highest number recorded since 2014 and it specifically surpassed the total number of Christians killed in the whole of 2019, estimated by the Open Doors to be 1, 350.”

The group recalled that in early January, 2021, more than 2, 400 defenseless Christians were hacked to death by jihadists in Nigeria in 2020, adding that the latest research it conducted took weeks and cut across all the troubled Christian areas of the country, with Kaduna recording the highest number with 300 Christian deaths.

Intersociety chronicled the Christian killings in the country to include states like Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Taraba, Adamawa, Imo and many others.

It said the research further projected from interviews and open source reports that 220 Christians were most likely to have died or been killed in the captivity of their abductors.

It called on the federal government to wake up and stem the tide of killings in the country.