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Nigeria: Kidnapped Pastor Slain Despite Ransom Payment

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“Kidnapped Pastor in Nigeria Slain Despite Ransom Payment,” Morning Star News, December 12, 2021:

ABUJA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Fulani herdsmen who kidnapped a Christian pastor outside the city of Kaduna in northern Nigeria killed him last week after receiving ransom payments, sources said.

The Rev. Dauda Bature of the First Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Hayin Narayi, Kaduna state, was kidnapped by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Nov. 8 while working on his farm in Ungwan Kanti village. Church leaders said they learned of his death on Thursday (Dec. 9).

“On Thursday, Dec. 9, the pastor’s captors called his church leaders, ECWA, and informed them that they had killed the pastor since they could not bring more money,” the Rev. Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), told Morning Star News in a text message.

Pastor Bature’s wife, who also had been kidnapped and was released on Dec. 6, told church leaders that her husband preached Christ to his captors and prayed for their repentance, infuriating them and likely contributing to their decision to kill him, according to Pastor Hayab.

Sources said Pastor Bature’s wife had been taken hostage when she took ransom payment to the herdsmen on Nov. 18. Church leaders said she was released on Dec. 6.

Area residents said the captors informed church leadership about the death of the pastor on Thursday (Dec. 9) after the kidnappers collected ransom payment.

“This is really a sober moment for us,” area resident Anthony Abednego told Morning Star News in a text message. “Rev. Dauda Bature, who was kidnapped over a month ago, was found dead on Thursday, Dec. 9, after a ransom was paid to Fulani herdsmen who kidnapped him.”

Ayuba Azzaman, a pastor in the city of Kaduna, also said in a statement that Pastor Bature had been “killed by his abductors despite receiving ransom from his wife…Fulani herdsmen terrorists killed the clergyman after collecting ransom.”

ECWA member Ezra Hosea said Pastor Bature served as local chairman of the CAN in Nariya-Maigiginya Zone, Rigasa District of Igabi LGA, Kaduna state.

“They kidnapped him at his farm along the Unguwar Kanti-Pakah Kadi highway in Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State,” Hosea said.

Ishaya Musa, also a ECWA member, said in a text message that the “Fulani terrorists” who kidnapped Pastor Bature were confirmed to have killed him….

Nigeria led the world in number of kidnapped Christians last year with 990, according to Open Doors’ 2021 World Watch List report. It was also the country with the most Christians killed for their faith last year (November 2019-October 2020), at 3,530, up from 1,350 in 2019, according to the report. In overall violence, Nigeria was second only to Pakistan, and it trailed only China in the number of churches attacked or closed, 270, according to the list.

In this year’s World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Nigeria broke into the top 10 for the first time, jumping to No. 9 from No. 12 the previous year….

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