Islamic State child soldier executes Nigerian Christian on video

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 24th, 2020 2:22 pm

Last Updated Jan 24th, 2020 at 3:38 pm

A Nigerian Christian man who was executed on video by a child soldier of the Islamic State has been identified as college student Ropvil Daciya Dalep, 22.

Dalep was returning to the University of Maiduguri in Borno state from Christmas break when he was kidnapped by the Islamic State West Africa Province on January 9, according to the non-profit organization Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

Roughly two weeks later, a video surfaced showing a masked child around the age of 8 years old standing behind Dalep, who was kneeling in the dirt with his hands tied behind his back.

"This is one of the Christians from Plateau state," the boy said in Hausa, the major language in Northern Nigeria. "We want to tell all Christians that we have not forgotten what you did to our parents and grandparents. Christians all over the world must know that we will never forget their atrocities against us, until we avenge the bloodshed visited on us."

The child militant then pulled the trigger and shot Dalep in the back of the head.

🔦 ISIS is known for recruiting children, referred to as "Cubs of the Caliphate," to execute prisoners on video in order to promote its cause.