On 23 June 2018, a series of horrifying images began to circulate on facebook.
Amongst these cruel images were depictions of severe body-mutilation, housefires, and mass grave-dumpings. BBC states that the facebook users behind the photo-scheme claimed they depicted a christian-Berom minority massacre underway in the Gashish district of Plateau State, Nigeria, carried out by Fulani muslims.
That said, the incident wasn’t entirely untrue; for a massacre did in fact happen in the Gashish district. An estimate carried out by the local police and youth leaders roughly stipulated that somewhere between 86-238 people were killed around 22 and 24 June. The killings, however, was said to have no connection to the tension between the local Fulani and Berom ethnic groups.
The images posted by the facebook users, under the guise that they were related to the Fulani and Berom ethnic groups, only served to reignite tension between the groups that far predates the recent killings in the Gashish district.
In Jos, a city in the Gashish district with an estimated population of about 1 million inhabitants, the spreading of the images consequently led to multiple executions carried out by the city’s Berom minority against the Fulani. Several Fulani muslims were later found scattered throughout the city, either in pieces, or burnt beyond recognition. As was the case for Ali Alhaji Muhammad, a local potato seller, husband, and father of 15.
Adegoke, Y. (2018, November 11). Like. Share. Kill. Hentet November 11, 2018 fra BBC: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/nigeria_fake_news