Gunmen broke into the home of Pastor Daniel Umaru in Njairi, Adamawa State, during the early morning hours of 6 July. The results of the attack were devastating to the family.
While Pastor Daniel survived the gunshot wound, his two sons were killed during the attack, and his 13-year-old daughter, Ijagla, was abducted. The pastor’s wife was left in a state of unconsciousness due to the shock.
On 9 July, a funeral service was held for the couple’s two slain sons at the Church of the Brethren where Pastor Daniel serves. It was consoling during this time of grief that just after the service, their daughter Ijagla was safely freed after a “huge ransom” had been paid to the kidnappers.
Kidnapping for ransom has become a significant problem in Nigeria, and Christians are frequently the victims of such attacks. Many of the perpetrators responsible for terrorising villages throughout the country operate from a militant Islamic perspective, causing them to commit acts of targeted violence against Christian communities.
Source: Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Barnabas Fund, Daily Trust, Vanguard, Sahara Reporters, TSB News
- Pray for physical healing over Pastor Daniel’s gunshot wound, as well as emotional healing for his wife and daughter, Ijagla.
- Pray for the family and community who are grieving the loss of Pastor Daniel’s two sons.
- Pray that governing authorities in Nigeria will make the perpetrators accountable for their crimes, with the hope of putting an end to violence inflicted on Christians in the nation.