Tragedy As Bandits Kill ECWA Pastor After Collecting Ransom, Abduct Eight in Kaduna

Tragedy As Bandits Kill ECWA Pastor After Collecting Ransom, Abduct Eight in Kaduna

  • Bandits have snuffed out the life of a pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Kaduna state
  • The deceased pastor, Dauda Bature, was initially kidnapped on his farm on November 8 before he was killed
  • According to report, the pastor was killed despite the fact that his family paid the ransom the criminals requested

In another sad development, Dauda Bature, a pastor of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Nariya, Igabi LGA of Kaduna state, has been killed by bandits, The Cable reports.

Bature who was abducted on his farm on November 8 was killed despite the fact that his family an undisclosed amount of money to the bandits for his release.

Bandits kill ECWA pastor after collecting ransom
Dauda Bature has been killed by bandits. Photo: Nigeria police
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She was, however, abducted by the gunmen after they collected the ransom. She was later released on December 6 and asked to go raise more money to secure the freedom of her husband.

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Speaking on the incident, Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), confirmed the killing of the clergyman.

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He said:

“It was yesterday (Friday) that the information came when our pastors were at a conference, and the leaders of the church went to officially tell the wife that her husband is no more so that they don’t continue negotiations with the bandits."
“What this means is that the bandits have become so cruel and brutal to their victims. They no longer have mercy.
“It shows our government needs to triple what it’s doing. These people cannot be defeated through rhetoric but by a superior fire. Despite the measures taking, they continue their wickedness.”

Troops arrest CJTF commander, give details of how he aids bandits

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Military had accused a commander of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), Aminu Sani, in Rigasa area of Kaduna state of aiding banditry in the state. Sani, popularly known as Bolo in the area, was arrested by troops of the Nigerian military's attached to Operation Thunder Strike and Whirl.

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Speaking on Sani's arrest, defence spokesperson, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko said Sani was arrested because he was said to have been aiding bandits in the state with their operations.

Onyeuko said the CJTF commander was captured by military troops after a notorious bandit was arrested on December 3, 2021, at the Paka community in the Igabi local government area in Kaduna.

Armed bandits causing havoc in Niger, Sokoto, Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara

The incident comes barely 48 hours after gunmen suspected to be bandits burnt scores of passengers traveling from Sabon Birni local government area to Sokoto town.

The incident which occurred at about 9 am on Tuesday, December 7 happened around Gidan Bawa village where the terrorists blocked the road and set the vehicle ablaze.

The Sokoto state police command spokesperson, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, confirmed the incident, adding that the vehicle carried 24 passengers.


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