Nigerian Schoolgirls and Teachers Released after Torture and Ransom

11/11/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Six girls and two staff members from a Christian-run high school in north-central Nigeria were kidnapped just over one month ago. These girls and teachers were part of the Engravers’ College in Kakau Daji village, Chikun County near Kaduna city. They were kidnapped when gunmen believed to be Fulani militants raided the boarding school and forced them to leave on October 3rd. They were released on October 26th after they had been tortured and beaten.

The gunmen had tortured the girls when they called the parents. This was used as a tactic to make the parents willing to pay more money for ransom. According to reports from the spokesman for the parents of these girls, Ohemu Frederick, “Several people prayed in churches and mosques. Through their prayers, God brought us help. God used a former governor of Kaduna state to assist us.” Frederick does not identify the former governor, but does say that he helped pay the ransom and is willing to help pay for medical care for the girls.

It is a major blessing that these girls and teachers were released from their captivity. It is however a bad sign that another ransom had to be paid for Christian citizens in Nigeria. Kidnapping and abduction for ransom has become a regular business for different groups in Nigeria, including Fulani militants and Boko Haram. Despite this, the Nigerian government has been unable to stop these kinds of kidnappings. They continue to be rampant, often focusing on young school children or religious leaders. Please pray for those who have been kidnapped but have not be released. Also give thanks to God that these young ladies were able to return safely to their families.

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