Suspected Fulani militants reportedly murdered a 25-year-old Christian man in an ambush earlier this month.
Justine Patrick, 25, was ambushed on October 14 while he was walking home from work with some coworkers, according to Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria.
Coworker Daniel Gyang, who was with Patrick, said that the attackers rushed from the bush with sticks and machetes, grabbing and stabbing Patrick before they could even react.
"We started screaming and people who were relatively nearby rushed for our rescue," Gyang said.
Nathan Johnson, the Africa regional manager for International Christian Concern, said Patrick was most likely attacked because of his faith.
"Farmers aren't usually carrying anything of value, so they probably attacked him because he was a Christian," Johnson told The Christian Post. "'Justine Patrick' is clearly a Christian name. In Nigeria, if you're a Christian, you have a Christian name. If you're a Muslim, you have a Muslim name."
Johnson said only specific Fulani sects are involved in the violence, but the government tends to ignore the problem.
"The Nigerian government has shown that they care nothing for the deaths of civilians like Justine. There have been hundreds of attacks like this in 2020 alone," he said. "Thousands of people have died at the hands of extremists groups such as Boko Haram and the Fulani militants. The Middle Belt has what we call the Fulani militant crisis."
The ICC reports 600 murders by Fulani militant so far this year. Nigeria ranks as the 12th worst country in the world for Christian persecution.