Ongoing Nigerian anarchy!
Nigerian church leaders and their families targetted by kidnappers
A wave of recent kidnappings across Nigeria appears now to be targeting church leaders and their families. Several abductions in Kaduna state this month suggest that militants have launched a devastating new campaign against church leadership.
Release partner Stefanos Foundation reports that kidnappers have struck three times in a fortnight in Kaduna, kidnapping a pastor, a pastor’s wife and three children – and demanding huge ransoms.
Please pray for the swift release of all those who have been kidnapped.
On August 4, gunmen shot and killed a pastor with Living Faith Church in Romi New Extension, and kidnapped his wife; she was freed after a ransom was paid. Ten days later, Pastor Elisha Numan and his son, from Nagarta Baptist Church in Unguwan Makere, were kidnapped. And on August 17, the children, aged nine and 19, of a bishop were abducted; no further details have been released.
Kidnappings targeting Christians have been going on for some time, according Rev Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). He says that more than 500 Christians have been abducted in the past two years and CAN has paid out more than 300 million Naira (almost £700,000) in ransoms.
- Please pray that God will strengthen, protect and comfort those who have been abducted and their families.
- Pray that He will make a way for families to be reunited, without the need for ransoms to be paid.
- Pray that the Nigerian authorities will respond to calls for greater protection for Christian communities and church leaders’ families, in Kaduna and across Nigeria.
(Source: Stefanos Foundation)
Photo of Rev. Jeremiah Omolewa of Living Faith Church in the city of Kaduna, Nigeria, was killed and his wife kidnapped on Aug. 4, 2019. (Morning Star News via Living Faith Church)
No relief for Nigerian Christians subjected to continuous Muslim Fulani brutality.
(Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a Pentecostal pastor and abducted a Baptist pastor in a spate of kidnappings this month in Kaduna state, Nigeria, sources said.
“The herdsmen, about 20 of them, shot into our house and broke the doors of the house,” said Emmanuel Noma, who along with his father, 60-year-old pastor Elisha Noma, was kidnapped at 1 a.m. on Aug. 14. “They forced us out of the house at gunpoint and took us away. After two hours they released me, with the demand that I should go and raise 20 million naira [US$55,155] for them before they will release my…
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