Gunmen kill five villagers in central Nigeria: police

Nigeria has seen over thousands of deaths in recent years due to conflicts over land and herding (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 28 December 2018
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Gunmen kill five villagers in central Nigeria: police

  • The area has seen repeated clashes in recent years
  • The violence is mostly the cause of ethnic and religious differences

LAGOS: Gunmen have killed five villagers in central Nigeria's Plateau state, police said on Friday, but it was not immediately clear if the killings were linked to a long-running battle over grazing rights.
The incident happened late Wednesday in Rawuru village in the Barkin Ladi district of the state, an area beset with clashes between local farmers and nomadic Fulani herdsmen.
The victims were returning from a birthday party in the neighbouring Pugu village when they were attacked, state police spokesman Tyopeeve Terna said in a statement.
"On the 26/12/2018 at about 21:15 hours, some unknown gunmen attacked some people when they were returning from a birthday party from Pugu village. As a result of the attack, five people were killed and two were injured," Terna said.
He said police would hunt down the killers and bring them to justice.
Plateau is among the states in central Nigeria that have seen repeated clashes between farmers and herders in recent years, leaving thousands of people dead.
The violence which often takes on ethnic and religious differences, is mostly blamed on control of land and grazing rights.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power in 2015 and is seeking a second term in February elections, is under pressure to end the conflict.


Paris conference exhorts religious leaders to challenge ideologies that threaten peace

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Paris conference exhorts religious leaders to challenge ideologies that threaten peace

  • The conference was hosted by the Muslim World League and the Foundation for Islam
  • Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious leaders from around the world attended the conference

PARIS: Religious leaders from more than 40 countries took part in an international “Peace and Solidarity” conference in Paris hosted by the Muslim World League (MWL) and the Foundation for Islam in France. 

The event, the first of its kind, brought together Muslim, Christian and Jewish religious leaders from around the world.

Speakers at the forum emphasized the need to challenge ideologies that threaten peace by provoking racial and discriminatory strife.

MWL Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa told the conference that extremists “hold on to imaginary ideas stemming from a misunderstanding of the past and present.”

He highlighted the importance of protecting religion from political exploitation and the need to safeguard youth against extremist groups.

The MWL is keen to raise awareness inside and outside the Islamic world, including urging Muslims in Europe to respect the laws of the countries in which they live, he said.

Al-Issa called for the establishment of a new global education charter that “addresses negative phenomena, and offers effective initiatives and programs.”

The MWL joined French Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant representatives in signing the Paris Agreement for the Abrahamic Family, becoming the first Islamic organization to bring together followers of the Biblical religions under a single cooperation document.

Under the historic agreement, the parties will work to promote peace and harmony in the face of extremism, hatred and racism.

The three sides will also encourage mutual understanding between Jews, Christians and Muslims in France.

The four organizations, in partnership with the Foundation for Islam in France, declared their commitment to the principle of freedom and to educating young people.