Armed Fulani militants killed four Christians on Friday and kidnapped seven people in north-central Nigeria on Saturday. Of the seven kidnapped, five were daughters of a church pastor.
Witnesses described the attackers as armed Fulani Muslims who ambushed and killed the four men.
"With brazen impunity, armed Fulani herdsmen kidnapped seven persons, five of them the daughters of pastor Istifanus Tiswan of Christ Embassy Church," Binniyat of the Southern Kaduna People's Union (SOKAPU) said.
Along with the five daughters and one unidentified person, Haruna Barde, who had fled violence in his native village to take refuge in Karji, was also kidnapped.
"To date, the kidnappers have yet to make contact. Kidnapping of Christians is occurring almost on daily basis, and this has become a source of severe worry for Christian residents living on the fringes of Buyaya, Maraban Rido, Gonin Gora, Karji and Unguwan Juji, all suburbs of Kaduna that fall under Chikun LGA," Binniyat said.
In the past year, Christians have had to abandon their homes and flee after the destruction of their houses and the capture of their loved ones. According to an area Christian leader, Fulani herdsmen killed one Christian and abducted nine others on Tuesday.
"Many of the villages have been sacked with the Christians in the area moving to Zumba town, the headquarters of Shiroro Local Government Area, and in Gwada town," said director with Glorious Missions, Godspecial Moses. "Many of the affected Christians slept in the open along the roads and in any available open space. A few Christians are still left in Nauna but slept in the bush since the attacks began."
Nigerian Christian leaders believe the attacks on Christian communities are inspired by the Fulani's desire to forcefully take over Christians' lands.
"They adopt a comparable strategy to Boko Haram and ISWAP [Islamic State West Africa Province] and demonstrate a clear intent to target Christians and potent symbols of Christian identity," the APPG report says of the Fulani Muslims.
Christian Solidarity International (CSI) issued a genocide warning for Nigeria in response to "a rising tide of violence directed against Nigerian Christians and others classified as ‘infidels' by Islamist militants in the country's north and middle belt regions.'"
According to the Open Doors' 2020 World Watch List, Nigeria ranked 12th where Christians suffer the most persecution and ranked second in the number of Christians killed for their faith.