By Samuel Smith, CP Reporter, May 12, 2020
Suspected Fulani radicals in Nigeria reportedly attacked a Christian school in the Plateau state earlier this month, wounding the headmaster and his three family members two days after radicals killed four Christians in another attack.
Despite Nigeria being on lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus, attacks carried about by suspected predominantly Muslim Fulani herdsmen against farming families across several states in the country’s Middle Belt are continuing with great frequency.
According to reports, a group of about eight Fulani radicals attacked Messiah College high school in the Gana Ropp village of Barkin Ladi local government area last Tuesday night.
Although the school is currently closed due to COVID-19, the attackers stormed the on-campus home of the school’s leader, Rev. Bayo James Famonure, who is also the founder of the international missions group Calvary Ministries.
The Stefanos Foundation, a nonprofit that works with persecuted Christians in Nigeria, reports that when the attackers stormed the home, they demanded money. However, the family reportedly did not have any money to give.
Famonure was shot in the head, while his wife was shot in the back and his two children were shot in the feet.
“Yes, I was shot in the head, but the bullet didn’t enter. It’s a miracle,” Famonure told Morning Star News.
He explained that his family members are all in stable condition even though his wife had to be transferred to Jos University Teaching Hospital for surgery on Wednesday.
Stefanos Foundation Program Director Mark Lipdo met the family at the hospital last week.
“The Famonures however survived the various gunshots, a miraculous incident that shows the power of God over deep hatred of men,” a Facebook statement from the foundation reads.
According to the nonprofit, Bayo Famonure is expected to undergo surgery on his leg. Meanwhile, his wife, Naomi, is “fast recovering from her wounds.”
“She joyfully told Stefanos Foundation that she was able to walk a few steps around the hospital today,” it said.
Lipdo told World Magazine that the bullet in Naomi Famonure’s back narrowly missed her spine.
Two days earlier on May 3 in the Plateau area of Miango, suspected herdsmen reportedly killed four Christians in an attack.
An area resident identified the victims in an interview with the nonprofit persecution news outlet Morning Star News.
Three victims were identified as members of the Evangelical Church Winning All denomination — 26-year-old Friday Musa, 25-year-old Chohu Nyangu and 26-year-old Anta Yakubu.
One victim — 24-year-old Emmanuel Kure — is said to be a member of a Baptist church.
According to the resident, the victims were ambushed while riding on their motorcycles.
“They met their untimely death in Adu village when they were ambushed and shot by Fulani gunmen,” the resident said. “Three of them, Emmanuel Kure, Chohu Nyangu and Friday Musa, were all killed on the spot with a spray of bullets, while Anta Yakubu sustained some serious bullet injuries and later died at Enos Hospital Miango.”