A Nigerian pastor was recently abducted at gunpoint by Muslim rebels as he was in the midst of conducting a Bible study at his church.
According to Morning Star News, Pastor Otamayomi Ogedengbe of Deeper Life Bible Church was abducted on Monday, May 10th in Akure in the state of Ondo.
Kidnappings have grown increasingly common in Nigeria as of late between Muslim Fulani herdsmen rebels and the Islamist militant group Boko Haram.
Pastor Ogedengbe’s captors are suspected to have been Fulani.
“The armed men shot their way into the church’s building where the program was being held and took him away with a gun pointed at his head,” his wife told Morning Star News, as reported by International Christian Concern.
Three days later, the pastor’s family was contacted by the gunmen, who demanded a ransom of the equivalent of $73,600 USD for his release.
“The herdsmen entered into the church’s auditorium and went straight to Pastor Ogendengbe, who was preaching from the altar,” one of the church members told the outlet.
“They ordered us to lie down on the floor while taking away the pastor.”
Over the last several years, violence against Nigerian Christians on the part of Fulani rebels has increased.
Thousands of believers have been killed at the hands of the Muslim herdsmen, including 1,470 in the first four months of 2021 alone.
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