A Nigerian pastor and his pregnant wife were gunned down Monday while they were working on their family farm in the Taraba State of Nigeria.
Armed gunmen ambushed Rev. Emmanuel Saba Bileya and his wife, Juliana, as they were tending to their farm and opened fire on the couple, killing them immediately.
“It was an attack on the pastor and his wife on their farm. While they were working on the farm, suddenly armed men came and opened fire on them, leading to the death of the pastor and his wife,” said a spokesperson for the local police.
Taraba Gov. Darius Ishaku condemned the murder, calling it “wicked and inhuman.”
“Killings of this nature have happened too often recently in Southern Taraba communities and this is unhelpful to the ongoing efforts of the government to achieve lasting peace among communities in the area,” Ishaku said.
Bileya was the pastor at Christian Reformed Church in the Donga, Nigeria. He received a Master of Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary in Michigan in 2014. He was also in the final stages of his doctoral program at the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies.
The Christian couple leaves behind eight children ages 1 to 19.