A church minister is among 45 people abducted by bandits during a two-day raid in central Nigeria.
The unidentified gunmen began their attack on villages in Munya Local Government Area, Niger State, on 26 March.
The minister, Leo Raphael Ozigi, was on his way home from a church service in the village of Sarkin Pawa on Sunday 27 March when he was abducted.
The incident was confirmed by Pastor Raphael Opawoye, Secretary of the Niger State branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
“We call on Christians in the state and Nigeria as a whole to pray for his safe return as well as others also kidnapped by the bandits,” said Pastor Opawoye.
The incident comes amidst increased anti-Christian violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. From Sunday 20 March to 25 March more than 80 Christians were killed and 100 abducted in separate attacks on Christian communities across Kaduna State.