Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pastor Hacked to Death in Broad Daylight on His Farm in Nasarawa

A pastor has been hacked to death in Nasarawa State causing serious panic among Christians in the state.
 
 
The pastor identified as Rev. Joseph Kurah, a pastor with the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), in Obi town,  Nasarawa has been killed.
 
He was killed by suspected armed Fulani herdsmen on Thursday June 30th 2016.
 
According to World Watch Monitor, Rev. Kurah, accompanied by three other people, went to his farm at about 7 pm to cut down trees for roofing wood. But as they arrived at the farm, two armed men suddenly appeared from behind them.
 
The attackers chased them and quickly surrounded Rev. Kurah while his three companions managed to flee in different directions without harm. The lifeless and severely mutilated body of Rev Kurah was later recovered from the scene.
 
Local sources told WWM that the attackers, who spoke Fulani, were dressed as Fulani herdsmen with their faces open, showing tribal marks on their cheeks.
 
Some members of the local church at Obi told WWM that there was an earlier argument with a Muslim farmer in the community over the ownership of the farm. Many among the Christian community suspect the Fulani-herdsmen gang of being hired by the local Muslim to carry out the killing.
 
A man introducing himself as the nephew of the murdered pastor gave chilling details, in a series of tweets with graphic photos:
 
“They attacked him on his farm, cut off his arms and legs; then they chopped his head with a machete. I received a call on Thursday evening that my uncle, a pastor with ECWA was killed by Fulani herdsmen.”
 
He also called on the authorities to find the killers of his uncle Rev Kurah. 
 
“All I want is justice to be done. Nasarawa State and the Federal Government must find the killers of my uncle. Whoever is close to Governor Al-Makura of Nasarawa State should please inform him that we demand the perpetrators should be brought to book.

“We have become preys that are hunted by marauding beasts in our land. I will keep shouting till justice is done. For how long will we suffer? He has left a very young family; three of his children are currently in the university. No one is saying anything about the clandestine killings by Fulani herdsmen happening almost every day,” he said.
 
So far, the state government has remained silent over the matter, while some people that claim ownership of the farm land have now been arrested and are being investigated over the killing.
 
The killing of Rev Kurah has provoked an atmosphere of anger and sorrow among local Christians, with many in the area are now afraid of going to their farms.
 
Rev. Joseph Kurah left behind a wife and seven children. His body was buried July 5, 2016 by the ministers of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).

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