A Nigerian pastor was reportedly killed and his wife was abducted while traveling on a dreaded and notorious stretch of highway where hundreds have been held hostage by criminals in recent months.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the killing of Kaduna pastor Jeremiah Omolara of Living Faith Church, who was said to have been killed by gunmen while traveling with his wife and son on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway Sunday evening.
A source told The Punch that gunmen opened fire on the family’s vehicle and killed Omolara. Although the son was able to escape, the same cannot be said for Omolara and his wife.
It’s been alleged that captors are demanding as a ransom equivalent to about $137,500.
The incident was confirmed by Joseph Hayab, who chairs CAN’s Kaduna chapter. However, police and authorities have not confirmed the killing despite calls from news organizations.
In speaking with reporters, Hayab also announced that a pastor in the Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru local government area was attacked by gunmen at his residence. A security guard was killed as a result of the attack while the pastor escaped.
Additionally, Hayab declared that a 13-year-old daughter of a pastor was also kidnapped in Kasuwan Magani by gunmen who have demanded a ransom.
“Now the Living Faith Church pastor was killed along Kaduna-Abuja in the presence of his wife, who was later abducted,” Hayab stated, according to the Daily Post Nigeria. “That tells you that the new trend is to attack us in our homes or in our churches or on the roads. We are just not safe anywhere and we are asking the same question we have been asking: ‘where are our security agencies?'”
“Are we being told tactically that we should defend ourselves?” Hayab asked. “If we start defending ourselves, it means that we no longer have security or we no longer have government. Or is this government only for those they love and they don’t care about others?”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith