International Society for Civil Rights and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has alleged that a total of 1,460 Christians have been killed in Nigeria between January and April.
The group also stated data gathered from its investigation showed that 2,200 individuals have also been kidnapped within the same period.
The allegations were made in an announcement signed by the principal officers of the group, along with its chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT), which was made accessible to newsmen in Awka, Anambra State.
The group in the announcement said: “Nigeria has devastatingly remained the ‘country most Christians are killed’ and ‘most unsafe region to be a Christian’ as well as Africa’s latest hotbed of Islamic Jihad and religious intolerance.
“Statistically surprising is the fact that the nation had in the past 4 months- from January to April 2021-lost no fewer than 1,470 Christians. Also, out of estimated 3,200 defenceless Nigerians kidnapped by jihadists during the period, Nigerian Christians accounted for no fewer than 2,200.
“The 1,470 Christian deaths in 4 months is the highest number recorded since 2014, and it, in particular, surpassed the total number of Christians killed in 2019, estimated by the Open Doors to be 1,350.”
The group recalled that in early January 2021, more than 2,400 defenceless Christians had been hacked to death by jihadists in Nigeria in 2020, adding that the current research investigation it carried out took weeks and cut across all the troubling Christian areas in the nation with Kaduna recording the highest number of 300 Christian deaths.
Intersociety chronicled the Christian killings in the nation to have taken place in regions like Ebonyi, Enugu, Anambra, Taraba, Adamawa, Imo, and many other States.
It said: “The research and investigation projected from interviews and open-source reported that 220 Christians are most likely to have died or been killed in captivity of their abductors.”
The group, therefore, urge the Federal Government to wake up and stem the tide of killings in the nation