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More than 600 people abducted in Nigeria last week

Armed outlaws from Boko Haram abducted at least 400 people from various Internally Displaced Persons' camps on Sunday, the 3rd of March.

Unidentified gunmen also raided a school in Kuriga, Kaduna State and abducted at least 287 students and teachers on the 7th of March. The date is close to the 10th anniversary of the infamous Chibok schoolgirl kidnapping, when terrorists of Boko Haram abducted 276 schoolgirls, 98 of whom are still missing.. 

Boko Haram, an Islamic sectarian terrorist group was founded in Nigeria in 2002. They are responsible for the majority of religious persecution against Christians, causing the deaths of more than 50,000 Christians in the past 15 years. 

There are around 103 million Christians in Nigeria, which is almost half the country’s population of 222 million. They are being terrorised on a regular basis, they have to endure brutal attacks which can involve destruction of properties, abductions for ransom, sexual violence and death.

Assaults by Islamic extremist groups such as Fulani militants, Boko Haram and ISWAP – Islamic State in West African Province –  increased during the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari. Nigeria became the epicentre of targeted violence against Christians. The government’s failure to protect them and punish the perpetrators contributed to strengthening the militants’ influence. Nigeria has a new president, Bola Tinubu, whose influence has not yet been identified. 


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