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Nigeria: Eight Christians killed, four abducted, ransom demanded

The point of these killings is to terrorize Christians into fleeing the area, freeing up their land for use by the attackers and their associates. The reasoning behind these abductions is that the hostages can be either enslaved, exchanged for ransom payments, or killed if neither of the other two options is viable. The abductions are carried out on a strictly sectarian basis. Meanwhile, as with the persecution of Christians in Nigeria in general, the government does little or nothing to stop this activity.

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, once again urgently implores the United Nations and the governments of all nations that are committed to human rights and religious freedom to make the plight of Nigeria’s Christians a top priority. 

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria from, see here.

“Kaduna killings continue, eight dead, four church members abducted, N100m demanded,” by Friday Olokor and Godwin Isenyo, Punch, April 7, 2021:

Bandits have killed eight people and abducted four female members of the Anglican Church at Kasuwan Magani in the Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It was also learnt the six occupants of a Volkswagen Golf car were kidnapped by the bandits along the Kaduna-Kachia road on Tuesday.

While the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Tuesday, confirmed the killing of eight persons, he was silent on the abducted people.

But the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria confirmed the abduction of its members to The PUNCH, saying the abductors were demanding a N100m ransom.

It was gathered that members of the Anglican church were kidnapped at Kasuwan Magani also along the Kaduna-Kachia road.

The abduction of the Anglican Church members came 12 days after their counterparts from the Redeemed Christian Church of God were abducted on the same road.

Also, students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna, who were abducted three weeks ago had yet to regain freedom.

The Archbishop of Anglican Church, Kaduna Province, Most Rev. Buba Lamido, told one of our correspondents that the bandits abducted four members of the church, while four others were injured. He added that the driver of the bus conveying them was shot dead….

The CAN Chairman in the state, Rev. Joseph Hayab, confirmed the abduction of the Anglican church members, saying that the bandits had called to demand a N100m.

“They have contacted their families and asked N100m ransom. That was what they said,” he stated….

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