Muslim Herdsmen Attacks in Nigeria’s Middle Belt Show Jihadist Aims, Sources Say

In 2014 alone, 23,890 people displaced from Christian areas in southern Kaduna state, agency reports. 

The Rev. Caleb Ahema, president of the Christian Reformed Church of Christ in Nigeria. (Morning Star News)

KADUNA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – The killing of Christians by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s middle belt, including two slayings on Saturday (Aug. 22) in Taraba state, is part of a jihadist drive to take over resources and displace the historically Christian population, sources said. The killing of brothers Ushahemba Kumashenge and Sughter Kumashenge in […]

Two Explosive Devices Planted at Church in Jos, Nigeria

Bomb found in restroom tossed over fence before it explodes.

ECWA Gospel 1 Church in Jos, where bombs were planted. (Morning Star News)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A congregation in this central Nigerian city continued worshiping on Sunday (July 12) after a security man found and tossed over a fence a bomb before it exploded, the pastor said. Authorities later discovered a second bomb on the church premises and disposed of it, said the Rev. Ezekiel Omidiji, […]

Boko Haram Unleashes Bloodshed in Attacks in Nigeria’s Central, Northeastern States

At least five Christians killed in Yobe, Borno states; two church buildings attacked in Jos.

St. Michael's Parish of the First African Church, Jos. (Morning Star News)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – At least five Christians were killed in northeastern Nigeria over a weekend of violence capped by a twin bombing in Jos that led to attacks on two church buildings on Sunday night (July 5). In Potiskum, Yobe state in the northeast, Islamic extremist group Boko Haram was suspected in the […]

Boko Haram Suspected in Killing of at Least 29 People, Most Christians, in Nigeria

Three attacks in 10 days after terrorists lose territory in northeast.

The Rev. Samuel Dante Dali, president, Chuch of the Brethren in Nigeria. (Morning Star News)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist attacks in Nigeria’s Adamawa state in the past 10 days have killed at least 29 people after weeks of Boko Haram rebels losing ground to government forces in the northeast, sources said. Suspected Boko Haram members on Friday (May 22) slaughtered 10 Christians with machetes in Pambula-Kwamda, a Christian community […]

Pastor, More than 70 Christians Killed in Plateau State, Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen burn homes, church buildings.

Ethnic Fulani Muslim herdsman. (Wikipedia)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Gunmen killed a church pastor and more than 70 other Christians in Plateau state in the past month, sources said. Setting fire to church buildings and houses in attacks that continued this week, Fulani Muslim herdsmen on May 2 killed the Rev. Luka Gwom of the Church of Christ in […]

Soldiers Kill Six Christians at Church in Kaduna State, Nigeria, Witnesses Say

Roadblocks set up as security measure ignite dispute.

Nigerian troops. (Wikipedia)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Upset that watchmen of a Catholic Church in Kaduna state on Sunday (March 8) set up a road-block as a security measure, Nigerian soldiers killed five church members, eyewitnesses said. Shortly after opening fire on St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Gidan-Waya, the soldiers shot and killed a Christian from another church as […]

Kidnapped Missionary in Nigeria Released

Phyllis Sortor, 71, freed after 11 days of captivity.

Phyllis Sortor. (FMCUSA)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – The Free Methodist Church USA announced the release of its kidnapped missionary in Nigeria, Phyllis Sortor. In a statement signed on behalf of the Board of Bishops of the church, David W. Kendall said the 71-year-old Sortor was released by her captors on Friday evening (March 6). Kendall said armed gunmen abducted […]

Villagers in Nigeria Hopeful that Kidnapped Missionary Will Be Released

Long-time teacher is like grandmother to many at school, church.

The Rev. Emmanuel Egbunu, Anglican archbishop of Lokoja. (Morning Star News)

LOKOJA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Nearly two weeks after heavily armed men kidnapped a long-time missionary in a remote area of Nigeria, despondent colleagues and others are still hopefully praying for her release. Phyllis Sortor, born to U.S. missionaries in Africa and now a widowed grandmother, was kidnapped on Feb. 24 from Hope Academy school in […]

In Nigeria, Remembrance of the Holocaust

It is not hard to remember man’s inhumanity to man in this country.

Auschwitz-Birkenau, main track. (2004, C. Puisney)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – The 70th anniversary of the liberation of prisoners of the German concentration camp at Auschwitz on Jan. 27 brought to mind the Holocaust Memorial Museum I visited in Jerusalem in 1992. I was gripped with fear as I heard recordings of anguished cries of little children echoing off the walls […]

Slain Ministry Leader in Nigeria Mourned as Dedicated Servant to the Poor

Father of two brought school, health and clothing to thousands.

Pastor Joshua Adah. (Morning Star News)

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Friday (Jan. 23) killed a father of two in Taraba state whose pastoral ministry had brought education, medicine and clothing to thousands of impoverished people, sources said. Pastor Joshua Adah was returning to his mission station in Bantaje, a village near Jalingo, from an evangelistic outreach […]