Gunmen abduct 43 people in raid on church in Kaduna State, Nigeria

26 September 2022

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Gunmen abducted worshippers from a church service and other residents of Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria, in a raid on 13 September.

In total 43 people were kidnapped by the suspected Islamists.

In a statement, President of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) Awemi Maisamari said, “There is still no breathing space for communities in Southern Kaduna. Terrorists, jihadists, bandits and armed herdsmen have continued to plunder and wreck communities.”

Awemi Maisamari, President of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union, said that communities in the region  are still being plundered by jihadists and bandits [Image credit: Kaduna Political Affairs]

He also added SOKAPU’s “profound sympathy to indigenous communities and peaceful Fulani herdsmen affected by this cruelty”.

Pastor John Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna, added his condemnation, saying, “We appeal and call on the government to urgently do something and ensure that things like this don’t continue to happen.”

Abductions from church services and Christian communities are common in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. On Sunday 10 September a pastor was abducted by gunmen from his home in Plateau State and his wife shot in the leg.

Ask that the Lord will comfort those who are being held captive, and that they will be released safe and unharmed. Pray that He will bring to an end the campaign of terror being waged against Nigeria’s Christians.

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