Christian Traditional Ruler in Nigeria Executed Despite Ransom

10/30/2018 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – An ethnic leader in Nigeria, who was kidnapped on 19 October after a visit with the state governor, has been found murdered. His body was found on 26 October, despite the fact that a ransom had been paid for his release. Raphael Galadima, a Catholic was the traditional ruler of the Adara chiefdom in southern Kaduna state.

He had visited with the Kaduna State Governor, El Rufai, to discuss the killings that had taken place in his chiefdom by Fulani militants and other Muslim extremists. On his way back from the visit, his convoy was attacked. 4 members of his convoy were killed in the abduction. He was taken along with his wife by the unknown assailants.

Despite the fact that a rumored ransom of ten million naira was paid to the captors, they still executed him. This has brought speculation that the abduction may have not been solely motivated by money, but may have been a reaction to his meeting with the Governor in defense of the local Christian community. If this is the case, his execution was not due to anger over the ransom, but an attack on a man for his faith in Christ.

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