At a Baptist church in Kaduna, the northern area of Nigeria, a Christian was killed and two were kidnapped by the suspected Fulani herdsmen and 17 others were also kidnapped during church choir rehearsal that same night.
The gunmen raided the members of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) at 12:30 am, these members comprises of choir from two churches in a 9 p. m. to 1 a. m. rehearsal.
A Chorister said; “As we were in the church, Fulani herdsmen numbering over 20 just surrounded the church and started shooting,” Ezekiel Ishaya told Morning Star News. “Everybody was terrified, but there was no way we could run because they had already surrounded the church. They were asking for the pastor’s house, and they threatened to shoot us if we don’t show them the house. Some of them went to the pastor’s house while others kept watch over us.”
In a Press statement by the chairman ECWA Zaria Disrict Chruch Council, The Rev. Nathaniel Waziri, confirmed the kidnap by the gunmen where a Reverend, his daughter, son of a pastor of Assemblies of God Church with 14 others were kidnapped.
Ishaya who escaped in the midst of the drama said “It was in the midst of the confusion that I escaped from the attackers”
He continued “The gunmen came and asked everyone in the church to surrender phones and thereafter demanded the whereabouts of the pastor,” he added that “After threatening the choristers, they became afraid and showed them the pastor’s house.”
Also the of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Birning Gwari chapter confirmed the assault stating that “One member was killed and two other members were kidnapped the same night by another group of Fulani herdsmen,” Pastor Ibrahim told Morning Star News, identifying the slain Christian as Obadiah Samson.
With all these religious crisis in Nigeria especially the Northern part of the country. Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.