Living Faith Pastor Killed, Wife Abducted In Kaduna

Jeremiah Omolara, a resident pastor of the Living Faith Church, Romi
New Extension, in Kaduna State has been killed while his wife was
abducted by unknown gunmen in Kaduna state on Sunday August 4th.

The clergyman, his wife and son were driving along the Kaduna-Abuja
Road when they were intercepted by gunmen who opened fire on their
vehicle, killing the pastor on the spot. The gunmen later took the wife
into the bush. The son was able to flee the scene of the incident
unhurt.

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Confirming the incident, the chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of
the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Joseph Hayab, said the
killing of the pastor and the abduction of his wife was sad and
devastating.

Decrying the spates of abduction in Kaduna and environs, Reverend
Hayab said last Thursday August 1st, unknown gunmen attacked the parish
priest of Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru Local Government Area, at his resident
and a security guard was killed.

“In the same Kaduna LGA, a 13 year old daughter of a Baptist pastor
was abducted, as I speak with you now, she is still with the kidnappers
and they are demanding for a large sum of money. In Kudandan, in one of
our churches called friendship international, gunmen broke into the
pastor’s house and took him away. As at Friday, the kidnappers were
asking us to pay N4 million or we should not call them again.

”Now the Living Faith Church pastor was abducted along Kaduna-Abuja
and was killed while his wife was abducted. That tells you that the new
trend is to attack us in our homes or in our churches or on the roads.

”We are just not safe anywhere and we asked the same question we have
been asking; where are our security agencies? Are we being told
tactically that we should defend ourselves? If we start defending
ourselves, it means that we no longer have security or we no longer have
government. Or is this government only for those they love and they
don’t care about others?

“We feel strongly that the federal government and the Inspector
General of Police should do something about Kaduna, since we have a
governor who does not listen and feels he knows everything but sadly,
there is nothing to show about what he knows. Even after the killing of
the security guards of the parish priest, we heard that he called the
priest; is it calling the victims that we want or addressing the
security challenges.

”If you speak to me as Rev. Hayab when criminals attack me, what help
have you done to me? You are not helping to stop the attack. So we are
really concerned and concerned that people, especially clergies in
Kaduna are no longer safe. We don’t want a situation where we will be
forced to think of how to protect ourselves, we believe that government
is there to protect us” he said

The abductors of the wife of the deceased clergyman are reportedly demanding a ransom of N50m for her release. 

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