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Unexploded Air Force bombs found in Nigerian Christian village

by Eno Adeogun

The bombs were found in the village of Shaforon in the north-eastern Adamawa state and community leaders have expressed concern that more may be buried within their villages.

Community leader and professor Wonotazakan Tagowa, said at a press conference: "It is important that steps are taken to conduct an aerial survey of these communities and identify where the remnants of the bombs are and safely evacuate and detonate them.


"Our communities are farming communities and they may step on these things and be killed by them."

Another leader, Lawrence Jocthan, added: "The presence of rockets and explosives shows [the Nigerian Air Force] used excessive and unlawful force against our people.

"We are therefore showing Nigerians and the international community that just as Amnesty International reported, there [is] credible evidence that [the] raids on our villages had disastrous consequences and those raids were genocidal and constitute a crime against humanity."

The leaders claimed the Nigerian Air Force was "complicit"in the the attacks in six villages - Lawaru, Dong, Nzoruwe, Pulum, Kodomti and Shaforon, as they fired rockets at villages where Fulani herdsmen were attacking Christians on 4th December 2017.


In a statement last week, the Christian communities accused the Nigerian Air Force of "clear human rights abuses" amounting to "genocide" and of helping the Fulani herdsmen in killing, destroying homes and displacing many from their homes.

They also announced their intention to take the national Air Force to the International Criminal Court.

Clashes between the mainly Muslim Fulani ethnic militants - groups of semi-nomadic herdsmen and Christian farmers has claimed thousands of lives across Nigeria over the past few decades.

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