Nigerian church elder killed, teen daughters kidnapped from their home

by Laura Mize · Sep 24th, 2020 10:57 am

Morning Star News

Last Updated Sep 25th, 2020 at 1:28 pm

Two teenage Nigerian girls were kidnapped after intruders broke into their home, located next to their church, and shot their father in the stomach.

The attack occurred on September 18. The man, Ibrahim Garba, was an elder of the Evangelical Church Winning All denomination. He did not survive. His twin daughters, Hassana and Hussaina Garba, remain missing.

Kidnapping is becoming increasingly common in Katsina state, where the Garba family lived. Fulani Muslims are responsible for many of the kidnappings, as acknowledged in 2019 by state Gov. Aminu Masari.

"Testimonies and exhibits at the crime scene show that the kidnappers were very organized, very informed on their target and heavily armed," a resident of the Garba's village told Morning Star News. "This is one incident among many. It is the sustained and targeted kidnapping of Christian girls in northern Nigeria, after which they are forcefully converted to Islam and married off, thereby becoming sex slaves."

The villager reported the story of another Christian girl kidnapped in a different Nigerian state on August 30, saying she was forced to convert to Islam. That girl was recently returned to her home, despite initial state efforts to keep her with her captors.

Fulani herdsmen have killed and kidnapped several other people, at least some of them Christians, in August and September, according to the Adara Development Association.

The association's national president, Awemi Dio Maisamari, says Fulani herdsmen continue to commit such atrocities despite ongoing efforts to make peace between them and local groups.

" ... it is becoming clearer that the purported dialogue is serving as a diversion to enable the attackers to continue their diabolical activities," Maisamari said in a statement. "We are left wondering whether it is worthwhile engaging in such dialogue and peace talks if this continues."


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