On October 24th, a Christian woman and her two children were killed in north-central Nigeria. Armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen ambushed and shot to death Rebecca Daniel Choji, her 16-year-old daughter Suzanna, and 29-year-old son Joel. Prior to the shooting, which took place in Jol village (located within the Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State), the attacked family members had been on their way to a health facility in Vwak village.
Suzanna and Joel died immediately, while their mother succumbed to gunshot wounds two days later at the Plateau State Specialist Hospital in Jos. At the time of the attack, the three victims were being driven to the health facility by a relative, Dachung Yakubu, who had also been wounded by the gunfire. Upon receiving this news report, Dachung was in critical condition at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit.
This incident was part of a series of attacks committed by militant Fulani herdsmen who were targeting Christian communities in various areas of the Plateau State. A week prior, similar assaults were carried out in the villages around Miango town of Plateau State's Bassa Local Government Area. (A report on the release of a pastor, who had been abducted from the same Nigerian state a few months ago, may be found here.)
Ask the Lord to provide greatly needed comfort and strength to the surviving loved ones of this tragically slain family. Also intercede for the many other Christians who have been victimized by the ruthless attacks of militants in the Plateau State, praying that they will not grow weary in well-doing nor lose hope. May God mightily intervene through the power of His Holy Spirit, manifesting His overcoming strength and love in the midst of such hatred and evil -- for the two-fold purpose of 1) ministering to His suffering people, and 2) transforming the hearts of the militants who've been inciting violence in these vulnerable Nigerian communities.