Religious Tensions Escalate: Attacks on COCIN Church in Mangu, Plateau State, Nigeria

Farrukh Saif

January 23, 2024

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According to media reports, a disturbing situation is unfolding in Mangu, Plateau State, North-Central Nigeria, where armed Muslims are reportedly setting fire to church buildings and targeting those perceived to be Christians. The Church of Christ In Nations (COCIN) is among the affected institutions, as tensions escalate in what appears to be a potential religious crisis.

Reports indicate that armed assailants, suspected to be herdsmen, emerged from the surrounding bushes, initiating the attacks. The atmosphere in Mangu town is described as chaotic, with residents urgently seeking safety amidst the unfolding violence.

An anonymous resident in the area revealed, “As we speak, the COCIN Church near Sabon Kasuwa is on fire, and they are advancing towards other churches in town.”

Efforts to obtain official confirmation from the Plateau State police spokesperson, DSP Alabo, were unsuccessful as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered, and a text message remained unresponded. The situation underscores the urgency of addressing the security challenges faced by communities in Plateau State and the broader implications for religious harmony in the region.

On Sunday evening , Military disguise militant abducted 30 People in Katsina.

Wave of Terror: Militants in Military Disguise Abduct 30 in Katsina Assault

A disturbing incident unfolded in Tasharnagulle, situated in the Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, where a group of Muslim terrorists clad in military uniforms abducted at least 30 residents. The assailants, masquerading as security personnel, invaded the community on Sunday night, creating panic by firing shots into the air.

Community sources revealed that the terrorists utilized a deceitful tactic, calling out to those attempting to flee and falsely claiming to be security personnel offering assistance. Those who fell for this ruse were rounded up as the gunmen traversed from house to house, coercing residents to assemble.

A survivor of the kidnapping recounted that upon reaching the location where the abductors had parked their motorcycles, a headcount was conducted, revealing 31 captives, including men, women, girls, and married women. The captives were then ordered onto the motorcycles. Fortunately, the source managed to break free and return home.

While residents in the vicinity verified the incident, the police, represented by their spokesman Abubakar Sadiq Aliyu, an ASP, stated that an investigation into the matter is underway.

This distressing event comes in the wake of recent media reports detailing the flight of Nahuta community residents within the same local government area, anticipating a terrorist attack.

The precarious security situation in Katsina has gained attention, particularly after reports of terrorists successfully dislodging a joint military base assigned to protect the Nahuta community. Notably, Katsina is the home state of former President Muhammadu Buhari. These unfolding events underscore the urgent need for comprehensive security measures to safeguard the lives and well-being of residents in the region, as highlighted in media reports.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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