Dozens of Christians kidnapped in northern Nigeria

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Suspected Islamic extremists on Monday night time kidnapped 36 folks from a predominantly Christian village exterior the town of Kaduna, in northern Nigeria.

The house-to-house abductions got here after the kidnapping of 16 folks from a close-by space in Kaduna state’s Chikun County on June 28.

Area resident Narin Barde stated Muslim terrorists on Monday attacked the Keke B Community space of Millennium City, Chikun County, capturing randomly and capturing 36 Christians.

“The Muslim terrorists attacked the neighborhood at about 9 p.m., capturing on the folks, and broke into their homes and forcefully took away the victims to an unknown place,” Barde stated in a textual content message to Morning Star News.

On June 28 suspected Islamic terrorists attacked predominantly Christian Sabon Gero village, kidnapping 16 folks, space residents stated.

In northwest Nigeria’s Sokoto state, Roman Catholic leaders reported that one in all their parishioners, Tony Udemezue, was kidnapped at gunpoint on July 25 at 2am from his house in Tambuwal, Tambuwal County.

The Rev. Chris Omotosho, director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, stated in a press assertion that Udemezue referred to as police earlier than being taken away at gunpoint however acquired no assist from officers.

“There was no police response to the distressed telephone name by Udemezue at about 2 am,” Omotosho stated. “This is regardless of a number of telephone calls he made to the police earlier than he was taken away. Please allow us to maintain him and his household in prayers.”

The kidnappings comply with the kidnapping and killing of the Rev. John Mark Cheitnum of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna state. He was kidnapped on July 15 from the parish rectory of Christ the King Catholic Church in Yalding Garu, Lere County and later killed. His physique was discovered on July 19.

Cheitnum served as priest at St. James Parish in Fori, Jema’a Local Government Area, in keeping with the diocese.

The Rev. Julius Kundi, bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, stated whereas addressing mourners at Cheitnum’s funeral on July 21 that Christians will stay steadfast regardless of such assaults.

“I used to be crushed by the information of the loss of life, however I’m satisfied that his loss of life will show to our enemies the genuineness and the great thing about our religion,” Kundi stated on the Cathedral of St. Peter Claver, in Kafanchan city.

“Those whose inventory in commerce is the kidnapping and the ugly homicide of members of the clergy ought to know that this is not going to cease us from courageously carrying the torch of the gospel to the ends of the earth, however the barrage of assaults on our religion.”

Gunmen attacked one other village in Kaduna state, Janbaba in Giwa County, on July 19, killing one Christian, stated space resident Philip Umar in a textual content message to Morning Star News.

“For two days, we weren’t in a position to sleep at night time because the bandits visited us with horror,” he stated.

The chairman of the Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association (SKCLA), Pastor Emmanuel Nuhu Kure, condemned the spate of assaults in an announcement on July 20.

“The rising instances of monks being kidnapped and in some instances killed by their abductors, even after receiving ransoms, is worrisome,” Kure stated. “We pray God to show these killers and rescue all Christians within the den of their kidnappers.”

Nigeria led the world in Christians killed for his or her religion final 12 months (Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021) at 4,650, up from 3,530 the earlier 12 months, in keeping with Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List report. The variety of kidnapped Christians was additionally highest in Nigeria, at greater than 2,500, up from 990 the earlier 12 months, in keeping with the WWL report.

Nigeria trailed solely China within the variety of church buildings attacked, with 470 instances, in keeping with the report.

In the 2022 World Watch List of the nations the place it’s most tough to be a Christian, Nigeria jumped to seventh place, its highest rating ever, from No. 9 the earlier 12 months.

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