About five Christians were killed and four churches were destroyed as Fulani herdsmen attacked seven villages in Kaduna State, Morning Star News reported.
A Pastor was also abducted in the same State, while kidnappers have said he will not be released until he converts to Islam or a ransom paid.
Killings and attacks of Christian communities have been on the increase in recent months, and have gone unabated and without repellency.
According to Ayuba Bako, a survivor of the attacks in the southern part of Kaduna State, the five Christians killed were members of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), while he also gave the name of three of the victims as Atuna Garba, Thomas Asoja and Manager Garba.
A Senator representing the southern Kaduna in the National Assembly, Sen. Danjuma La’ah said the attacks were unprovoked, while he added that pleas for protection and assistance from the security agencies have been without response.
“It is even getting worse during this period of COVID-19 lockdown, because the bandits are still moving about, killing innocent souls in my area, who obey government directive to stay indoors.
The attacks have continued, and my people are always the victims. I expect the military, the police, and other security agencies to have come to our aid and protect us, but it is not happening,” he said.
Ransom or Conversion Demands
A cross cultural missionary, Pastor Reuben Danbala, was abducted by Fulani herdsmen. His abductors demanded that he convert to Islam or a ransom of 2 million Naira be paid for his release.
Reuben Danbala, was abducted from Global Glorious Missions’ base in Ungwan Badole, according to Samuel Yahaya, a mission leader.
“We spoke with Pastor Reuben Danbala, he is fine and strong in faith, and they repeated that he refused to accept Islam, so they are demanding 2 million naira (USD5,144) for his release from his captors who had initially demanded 5 million naira (USD12,860). We kept pleading and informed them that as missionaries we do not have that kind of money.”
At one point the Fulanis lowered their demand to 1 million naira, but as the mission was trying to raise that amount, the kidnappers notified them that the demand had returned to 2 million naira,” he said.
Samuel asked for prayers for the negotiation and for a miraculous release of the abducted pastor, as well as prayers for the Danbala’s wife Comfort Reuben Danbala, and their son, Godwin Danbala, that they will enjoy companionship and communion of the Holy Spirit.