According to the organization, surviving victims and families of the dead victims are also totally abandoned by the Government of Nigeria.
The organization notes that the Nigerian Government has continued to face sharp criticisms and strong accusations of culpability and complicity in the killings and supervision of the same.
“The country’s security forces have so fumbled and compromised that they hardly intervene when the vulnerable Christians are in danger of threats or attacks, but only emerge after such attacks to arrest and frame up the same population threatened or attacked,” the investigators report.
They add, “In the North, the jihadists operate freely under the cover and protection of the security forces; abducting, killing, looting, destroying or burning and forcefully converting their captive and unprotected Christians and their homes and sacred places of worship and learning. But the same security forces hatefully and brutally respond with utter ferocity against Southern and Northern Christians accused of infraction or offending the law.”
According to the report, Jihadist Fulani herdsmen are responsible for most killings in Nigeria and are responsible for the murder of 1,909 Christians in the 200 days.
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They are followed by Boko Haram, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Muslim Fulani bandits who jointly killed 1,063 Christians, while Nigerian Army, joined by the Nigeria Police Force and other branches of the Armed Forces accounted for 490 Christian deaths.
“The Muslim Fulani Bandits, originally formed in Zamfara State in 2011, are jointly responsible for terrors going on in Christian parts of Southern Kaduna, Niger, FCT, Nasarawa and Kogi States,” those behind the report say.
The Fulani bandits, according to the job report, are also responsible for attacks on indigenous Hausa Muslims in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi.
In Kebbi State in North-western Nigeria, for instance, the Muslim Fulani bandits target and kill or abduct both Christians and Muslims, holding against their fellow Muslims a jihadist belief that the “indigenous Hausa Muslims are not pure Muslims,” the Intersociety reports.
For a similar belief, the bandits are also staging what the organization refers to as “ferocious jihadist attacks” against their fellow Muslims in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, and Muslim areas of Kaduna and Niger States.
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.