Boko Haram Executes Christian Student
01/24/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Boko Haram continued its onslaught against the Christian population in Northeast Nigeria with its release of yet another execution video. In this video, a child soldier for the terrorist group can be seen wearing a black headscarf as a mask, holding a pistol, and standing behind a kneeling young man. The young man has been identified as Ropvil Daciya Dalep, a member of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN). He was kidnapped on Jan. 9 on the Damaturu-Maiduguri Highway while returning to school at Maiduguri University in Borno state.
The boy behind him can be heard to say that this execution is a retaliation for Christian atrocities against Muslims in Nigeria. He does not define what these atrocities are though. “This is one of the Christians from Plateau state,” the boy said in Hausa, the major language in Northern Nigeria. “We want to tell all Christians that we have not forgotten what you did to our parents and grandparents. Christians all over the world must know that we will never forget their atrocities against us, until we avenge the bloodshed visited on us.”
After saying this, the boy then shoots Ropvil multiple times in the back of the head and back. Ropvil died almost immediately. There had been ransom requests made for Ropvil and it is unclear when the execution took place. It is believed however that this was done by the ISIS- affiliated sect of Boko Haram known as Islamic State West Africa Province(ISWAP).
This is just the latest in a string of direct attacks on Christians by Boko Haram. They have released at least 4 execution videos since the beginning of December, 2019. In all of these videos, they have said that they will continue to specifically target Christians and kill them. Those Christians still living in Northeast Nigeria are living under greater risk now than in previous years, with the increase in Boko Haram strength and activity, as well as increased violence by militant groups of Fulani who continue to kill Christian farmers throughout the Middle Belt. Please continue to pray for those suffering at the hands of this hateful and violent group.
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