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Christian charity calls for more action in tackling militia violence in Nigeria

by Tola Mbakwe

According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the attack by Fulani militia on 16th March follows a series of militia raids in Benue state and Zamfara state earlier in the month which killed more than 100 people.

The invasions happened in the wake of a televised statement by Kaduna state Governor Nasir el Rufai on the eve of February's postponed presidential election, in which he alleged that 66 people had been killed in Kajuru Local Government Area and insinuated - the victims were mostly women and children from the Fulani ethnic group.

The army has been making progress on the issue and recently reported that 55 suspected bandits had been killed and 760 abductees released in an operation that also claimed the lives of three soldiers and several members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF).

Founder of CSW, Mervyn Thomas has called for the army's work to be more widespread.

"We commend the recent successes of the armed forces in Zamfara, and urge that troops deployed in central Nigeria would be similarly proactive in tackling militia violence in southern Kaduna, Benue and elsewhere," he said.

"It is clear that the culture of impunity that surrounds these attacks has emboldened perpetrators.

"We reiterate our call on state and the federal governments to address every source of violence in a swift, decisive and unbiased manner, ensuring that vulnerable communities are provided the protection they so desperately need."

CSW has also called for the international community to do its part in bringing justice and peace.

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