Pastor Killed by Bandits after Ransom was collected

Reverend Dauda Bature of the Evangelical Church of Winning All, Nariya, Kaduna, has been murdered by bandits after his wife gave them a ransom. On November 8, Bature was abducted on his farm in Rigasa, Igabi Local Government Area of the state.

Punch reported that after the cleric’s wife gave the kidnappers the ransom, they kidnapped her too but she was later released. On Saturday, the Vice Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the Northern States and Abuja, Rev John Hayab, confirmed Bature’s death.

Hayab said, “They (bandits) kidnapped her (Bature’s wife) too. On November 18, the bandits released the wife and a few days later, killed the husband.’’ He also expressed his hurt about the decision of Bature’s kidnappers to kill him despite collecting a ransom from his wife. Also, he urged security operatives to put in more efforts to secure lives and properties in the country.

In other news, security operatives hindered some bandits in the Sabo GRA area of the Chikun Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Saturday. A source said that a stray bullet hit a pregnant woman as residents took to their heels for safety. Reports have it that the pregnant woman was taken to a yet-to-be disclosed hospital.

According to the source said, “The security agents repelled the rampaging hoard of bandits that attempted to invade the community in the early hours of Saturday morning, December 11, 2021. The loud shots of different types of firearms rented the air from past midnight to almost 3am. Three persons who were abducted from the community were later freed after the military and Civilian Joint Task Force engaged them in gunfire.’’

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