With 213 Christian deaths, Nigeria’s Niger State is the worst hit with parts of Shiroro, Munya and Rafi Local Government Areas experiencing most killings and abductions, the report indicates.
Niger State is followed by Southern Kaduna with 143 deaths, Taraba 130 deaths, Benue 72 deaths, Plateau 62 deaths, Ondo/Ogun 40 deaths, Kebbi 20 deaths, Enugu 20 deaths, Edo/Delta 15 deaths and Nasarawa, Kogi, Abia and Imo with 10 deaths each.
Intersociety reports that Boko Haram and ISWAP are believed to have killed no fewer than 60 Christians in the past three months ended March 2022, adding, “The Nigerian security forces had also in the past three months accounted for not less than seventy Igbo civilian deaths.”
“A dark figure of 70 Christian deaths was added to represent undetected other victims which grandly brings the total number of Christians killed for their belief in the country in the past three months of 2022 to no fewer than 915. At least six Christian clerics were abducted or killed and not less than twenty Christian places of worship attacked or destroyed,” the human rights entity reports.
From the Intersociety report findings, about 3,800 Christians were abducted in Nigeria in 2021.
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In the first three months of 2022, over 700 anti-Christian abductions had taken place with Christian parts of Niger State topping the list with at least 400 abductions, Intersociety has reported.
“Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen have also abducted no fewer than 30 defenseless Igbo Christians in the past three months or January to March 2022 in Enugu, Abia and Imo States and killed not less than 20 in Isi-Uzo and Uzo-Uwani parts of Enugu State,” the human rights foundation says.
Intersociety had, in a report last year, revealed that 43,000 Christians were hacked to death by jihadists and their collaborators in Nigeria between July 2009 and August 2021, while estimated 18,500 others had disappeared without traces.
The agency also estimated in the report last year that a total of 17,500 churches and over 2000 Christian schools were attacked, 10 million Northern Christians uprooted and six million forced to flee their homes to avoid being hacked to death by the jihadists.
The 2021 report further found that as much as 29,000 moderate and defenseless Muslims lost their lives, out of 72,000 total deaths perpetrated on ethno-religious grounds.
Over 500 Christian communities in Northern Nigeria were also ransacked and taken over by the Jihadists, Intersociety reported last year, recounting insurgency in Africa’s most populous nation.
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.