A group of Islamic Fulani herdsman ambushed and killed a Nigerian pastor who was returning home in his vehicle on January 16.
Amos Arijesuyo served as the pastor at Christ Apostolic Church and as a professor at the Federal University of Technology (FUTA) in southwest Nigeria. He was in a vehicle with four other individuals when the assailants fired into his vehicle, killing Arijesuyo and injuring the driver.
"His vehicle ran into an ambush laid by herdsmen who were operating on the road around 5:30 p.m.," said Adegbenro Adebanjo, a spokesperson for FUTA. "The herdsmen shot sporadically at the vehicle, targeting the five occupants, and unfortunately some of the bullets hit Dr. Arijesuyo and the driver."
One of the pastor's congregants called him "born intelligent and a passionate man of the word [of God]."
Attacks by Islamic militants are less common in the Christian-majority areas of southern Nigeria, while they grow increasingly more common and violent in the north. A total of 26 people have been killed in the northern state of Kaduna this month alone.