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05/11/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) –According to Morning Star News, suspected Fulani herdsmen recently kidnapped a pastor’s wife from her home in Chikun County, as well as two nurses from a public hospital in Kajuru County, Kaduna state.

Police spokesman Mohammed Jalige told the news agency that Fulaki Ozigi was kidnapped on April 30th, initially taken from her home with her husband and four children. According to the report, police officers set out to rescue the family and were able to save all but one, leaving Fulaki Ozigi remaining in captivity.

On April 21st, suspected Fulani herdsmen abducted two Christian nurses from a public hospital in southern Kaduna state.  A nurse who survived the attack, Rifkatu Alfred, told Morning Star News that herdsmen broke into the hospital and started shooting sporadically, eventually taking the two women later identified as Afiniki Bako and Grace Nkut. Alfred told Morning star news that the kidnappers called the hospital demanding a ransom of 500 million naira (US$1.3 million), now reduced to 200 million naira (US$522,876).

The Fellowship of Christian nurses released a statement describing both women as “very committed to sharing and living the gospel in their workplace.”

Militant Fulani herdsmen continue to terrorize Christian communities in Nigeria and have surpassed Boko Haram as the greatest threat to believers in the country. Reverend Solomon Tafida, senior pastor of Salvation Baptist Church, Kaduna, told Morning Star News that there are at least 4,000 Christians currently held captive by these two Jihadist groups.

“Most of the Christian victims who escaped from the camps of the herdsmen say there are over 4,000 Christians being held in captive camps in forests along the Kaduna-Abuja highway, near Rijana village,” said Tafida.

Please pray for peace in Nigeria, and for the Lord to comfort those grieving the loss of loved ones due to violence.  Please also pray for the perpetrators of these attacks, that they will be blessed with knowing the truth of the gospel and accept Jesus as their savior.

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