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NIGERIA: Kidnapped Pastor Released After Captivity

Christian leaders have announced that a previously abducted pastor was freed on 9 August, five days after being kidnapped.

Rev Jen Tivkaa Moses had been seized on Friday 4 August by young Fulani herdsmen while travelling along the highway from Jos to Abuja in Plateau state. Thankfully, he was brought safely back to Jos the following Wednesday. While it is unclear whether a full ransom had been granted to the kidnappers, who demanded one million naira ($3475), a payment was made to secure his release.

The kidnapping occurred as Rev Jen Moses and his driver were on their way to attend a leadership seminar. Although the driver, Yohanna Maina, had been released late on the night of the abduction, he sustained a gunshot wound when the assailants shot into the windshield of the car he was driving.

In recent days, other pastors and church members ─ including pregnant women and children ─ have also been kidnapped by young Fulani herdsmen along the Abuja-Kaduna road. Reports indicate that the hostages are often subjected to varying degrees of trauma and only released after ransom payments are made. Christian leaders have urged the Nigerian government to step up its efforts to secure lives and property.

Source: Morning Star News

  • Thank the Lord for the safe return of Rev Moses. Pray his release may be used by God as a witness to His mighty hand.
  • Continue to pray for the recovery of Yohanna Maina. Pray both men may be strengthened in their faith.
  • Ask the Lord to comfort and strengthen all those affected by militant Islamists in Nigeria. Pray for the release of all kidnap victims.
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