Residents from Kaduna State, Nigeria, report that at about 11am on 7 October, terrorists kidnapped more than 30 Christians at gunpoint as they worked on a communal farm in Chikuri, Chikun County.
“Over 30 Christian farmers who were cultivating a farm have been abducted in one fell swoop,” said area resident Victor Dabo. “Please pray for the Chikuri Christian community.”
Another resident, Dogara Peter, said his mother and sister were among those kidnapped as they worked on the farm.
“The terrorists kidnapped 30 of our Christian villagers as they were working on a farm that belongs to Mr Maikudi, an elderly member of our community,” Peter said. “My mother and sister are among those kidnapped by the terrorists. This incident has thrown our community into confusion.”
The abductions marked the third time the terrorists have invaded their traumatised community, he said. Peter has issued an appeal to the Nigerian government and police, asking them to rescue those who are being held captive.
“We make this appeal because we have nowhere to raise money for payment of ransom if these terrorists eventually ask us to do so, as has been the norm in the other two attacks on our community,” Peter said.
Boko Haram Islamic extremist group and Fulani Islamic militants work together to attack Christians throughout northern Nigeria. Sadly, kidnappings of Christians in Nigeria are commonplace.