“Fervent prayer” searches for 58 Baptist hostages left after kidnappers killed 2 and wounded 3 in Nigeria

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A local Christian leader in Nigeria confirmed that gunmen killed two of the 60 hostages kidnapped two weeks ago in a church in Kaduna state.

Like CBN News previously reported, the 60 Christians were taken hostage after a group of bandits stormed the Emmanuel Baptist church in the Kakau Daji area during a worship service. One person was killed in the attack.

According to the local news agency PunchReverend Joseph Hayab, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said two of the faithful were killed by their kidnappers. Three others were seriously injured and were hospitalized.

Hayab asked the Nigerian government for help directly.

“The lives of the faithful kidnapped by Kaduna are in danger and require urgent intervention by the government and security agencies. Insecurity in the state of Kaduna has continued to grow beyond our imagination and is threatening the peace of the nation,” he said. to Punch’s correspondent in a text message.

The Open Doors UK ministry reports that the telephone system was shut down at the time of the attack, making matters even worse by preventing any outside calls for help.

“This kidnapping is a shocking example of the audacity of so-called bandits and impunity which is increasing, seemingly limitless in Nigeria,” said Jo Newhouse, spokesperson for Open Doors’ work in sub-Saharan Africa.

“The government is severely disappointing its citizens in this matter and continuing lawlessness is creating an ideal breeding ground for extremism,” he added. “We ask the International Body of Christ to remain in fervent prayer for the release of the church members, and we pray that the Lord will use this situation to bring about a change in this situation.”

Government officials say security measures have improved. However, Hayab says it was written.

“We are seriously worried now”, explained the reverend. “The truth about shutting down the telecommunications network is that the people who are making policies are not fair to the citizens. You will agree with me that the government is trial and error, and that hasn’t worked to curb the insecurity in the state. “

The bandits allegedly told the victim’s family to pay a higher ransom due to the extra efforts made to reach the relatives.

“The kidnapped faithful of Emmanuel Baptist Church would have screamed on Sunday to facilitate their rescue and to let people know that they were in danger, but they could not scream,” Hayab added. “So, the shutdown of the telecommunications network even helped the bandits more.”

CBN News previously reported that the alarming increase in kidnappings has forced more than a dozen schools in Kaduna, mostly Christian institutions, to close.

The Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority ordered closure after 121 students were kidnapped in July by armed bandits at Damish’s Bethel Baptist High School.

A group of gunmen broke into the school in Damishi City, shooting sporadically as they kidnapped dozens of students, police said.

It was the fourth kidnapping of students in Kaduna state in the past six months. There have been seven mass kidnappings of students in Nigeria this year.

International Christian Concern, a watchdog for persecution, reports that these large-scale kidnappings were originally thought to have been carried out by loosely organized bandits. But recently, Kaduna state governor El Rufai informed the public that these ransoms were being used to fund Boko Haram and their radical Islamic agenda.

In addition, the government last week arrested a Nigerian Catholic journalist who writes for the Epoch Times. Luka Binniyat reported continuing attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria and the government’s lack of response to the problem.

According to the Times, the head of state security for the state of Kaduna was accused of cyberstalking, which critics say is an accusation used by the Nigerian government to silence the media.

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