Fulani Militants Kidnap 14-Year-Old Girl and Three Others After Failed Raid on Pastor’s House

Women pray on Ash Wednesday inside the Church of the Assumption in Ikoyi district in Lagos, Nigeria, February 26, 2020. (Nyancho NwaNri/Reuters)

Suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen abducted a 14-year-old girl and three others after they failed to break into a pastor’s house.

“The suspected kidnappers first came to my house at exactly 11:57 p.m. (Thursday) and they called, spoke in Fulani and Hausa language that l should open the door for them. Immediately, l and my family started praying for divine intervention from God Almighty,” the Rev. Elisha Abu Dreams, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Kaduna State, told Daily Post.

Dreams said he and his family continued to pray and they refused the attackers’ demands that they open the gate of their house in Mararaba Rido in Chikun local government area.

“They tried using a hammer to break the entrance to the house but could not succeed. While they were making efforts to have their way into the house, we were still praying to God for help,” he said.

The suspected Fulani herdsmen then shot at the door with an automatic gun but still couldn’t break open the gate. “I called on the police to inform them of what we were going through and for their immediate assistance. Before the police personnel could come to the house, they left without gaining entrance to the house,” Dreams said.

The suspects then barged into other houses in the neighboring village and abducted a 14-year-old girl, a police officer who was unwell, a civil defense officer and a security man.

“This attack on another pastor in Kaduna state does show that there are groups still in the state that wish to harm the church and its leaders,” the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern commented.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar