Student Killed, Several Abducted from College in Nigeria

06/11/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to a Reuters report, one student was killed and at least 10 people were abducted on Thursday from the main campus of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zairia, Kaduna state.

Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna state commissioner of internal security, reported that the gunmen shot sporadically and abducted two lecturers along with eight students. Two students were shot, one of whom died and the other who is currently being treated at a local hospital.

The Washington-based human rights organization Global Rights released a study to THISDAY earlier this week, stating that an estimated 939 students were kidnapped from educational institutions across Nigeria between December 2020 and May 2021.

The Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, whose name loosely means “Western education is forbidden,” established the pattern of kidnapping school children in Nigeria for ransom in 2014 when the group abducted 276 mostly Christian girls from a school in Chibok. 2021 has seen several large-scale kidnappings which were originally thought to have been carried out by loosely organized bandits. Recently, Kaduna state governor El Rufai informed the public that these ransoms were used to fund Boko Haram and their extremist agenda.

Please pray for the Lord to comfort grieving families and strengthen their faith during this difficult time. Please also pray for the safe return of all who have been kidnapped, and for their captors, that their hearts would be softened, and that they will experience the love of Christ that leads to true repentance and salvation.

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