Bill in Kaduna State, Nigeria Would Criminalize Street Evangelism, ‘Offensive’ Preaching, Clergy Say

Legislation targets Christianity, church leaders say. 

KADUNA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Street evangelists would be fined and “offensive” preaching at church services would send pastors to jail for up to two years under legislation proposed by the Muslim governor of Kaduna state, church leaders said. As discussion of the legislation heated up in the past month, Christian leaders voiced alarm over […]

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Massacres Reach Southern Nigeria

With or apart from Islamic extremist groups, violence said to pose threat of civil war.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani attacks on Christians have advanced beyond Nigeria’s central zone into a southern state, with a church leader saying the aggression could cast Nigeria into civil war as a massacre this week took at least 27 lives. Following the February massacre in Agatu, in the central-eastern state of Benue, […]

One Kidnapped Pastor in Nigeria Dead, Two Others Released

Many questions remain unanswered.

KADUNA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Two of three pastors kidnapped in north-central Nigeria on March 21 have been released, while the third died after being left in the wild, sources said. The Rev. Iliya Anto, initially said to have been released by the kidnappers because of ill health, was found dead in the bush 10 […]

Pastors Kidnapped in Kaduna State, Nigeria

Armed assailants release one church leader, demand $500,000 for two others.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Unidentified assailants on Monday (March 21) kidnapped three church leaders at gunpoint in northern Nigeria, Christian leaders said. The armed men stormed a church prayer camp site in the city of Kaduna, where the pastors were supervising work in preparation for an Easter retreat for their church, the Haddiyar Ekklesiya […]

After Massacre in Benue, Nigeria, Muslim Herdsmen Remain in Villages, Sources Say

Thousands displaced.

LAGOS and JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – More than two weeks after the massacre of an estimated 300 predominantly Christian farmers in Benue state in central Nigeria, attacks continued this week as Muslim Fulani herdsmen remained in the area, sources said. While a government official said this week that the herdsmen had begun to leave […]

After Surviving Treacherous Roads of Nigeria, ‘Pilot’ Flies to Glory

Driver shared in the dangers of reporting persecution.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – I was about to leave for my office one morning in 2008 when a young man approached. “Good day, sir!” he said. After I returned the greeting, he said, “Sir, please can you employ me as your driver?” I asked him who had told him I needed a driver. With […]

Suicide Bombings in Two Towns in Nigeria Leave 26 Dead, Dozens Injured

Attacks hit Christian communities of Chibok, Borno state, and Gombi, Adamawa.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Suicide attacks on two predominantly Christian communities in northeast Nigeria today and on Wednesday (Jan. 27) left at least 26 persons dead and dozens of others injured, sources said. At noon today a suicide bomber suspected to have been sent by the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group detonated explosives in a […]

Pastors in Nigeria Fall Prey to Kidnappers

Two kidnapped, another wounded by gunshot amid abduction of parishioner.

JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Two Nigerian pastors have been abducted this month in Kogi state, as kidnapping cartels that have plagued the central state the past three years directed their aim at Christian leaders. In a departure from numerous kidnappings of high-profile business and government leaders in Kogi state since 2013, gunmen abducted pastor […]

Morning Star News’ Top 10 Persecution Stories of 2015

Islamic violence accelerates in countries not known for religious conflict.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist violence in countries not known for religious tensions, majority-Christian Kenya and Uganda, topped Morning Star News’ stories in 2015. While the Islamic State terrorized Christians in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria killed innocent civilians in the shadow of Boko Haram, in northeast Kenya Al […]

Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Kill 15 Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria

Gunmen’s victims include children ages 1, 3 and 5.

HWAK KWATA-ZAWAN, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Dec. 13 attacked two households and a compound of displaced people in this village near Jos, killing 15 Christians, including two small children. The attack at about 8:30 p.m. on the two homes and the compound housing Christians displaced by a previous attack in Bachi, […]