Eight Nigerian Christians released after abduction from church minibus in Kaduna

13 April 2021

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Eight Christians who were abducted by bandits from their church minibus on 26 March have now been released.

The news was confirmed by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, on 8 April.

Image of Church minibus

The eight Christians were traveling by minibus from Kaduna city to Kafanchan on an evangelistic mission. [Credit: Nigeria Daily Post]

Adeboye said that the released captives had been taken to a hospital for examination, adding, “Glory be to Jesus. We pray for lasting peace in all troubled regions of the country in Jesus name.”

The church minibus – displaying on its side the name “Redeemed Christian Church of God” – was held up on the way from Kaduna city to Kafanchan.

The Christians, all adults, were travelling to Kafanchan, on an evangelistic mission.

The northern part of Kaduna State is mainly Muslim and the south is mainly Christian, and the state lies in Nigeria’s Middle Belt where at least 240 Christians have been killed in Islamic attacks since the beginning of July 2020.

On 6 April one Christian was killed, four others injured, and a further four abducted by bandits in another attack on a church bus on the same stretch of road.

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