Nigerian priest kidnapped and murdered, family still held

Nigerian priest kidnapped and murdered, family still held by Christian Today staff writer for Christian Today

GNN Note – Why do we not hear of muslims, hindu’s and most other religious groups being kidnapped, murdered or oppressed? What a powerful name it is!

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed his sadness over the fate of a Nigerian priest abducted and murdered by kidnappers who continue to hold his family.

Anthony Idris Jata’u, a priest in the Diocese of Sokoto, was kidnapped last Thursday with his wife, three children and two sisters-in-law. His body was found on Saturday.

Anthony Jata'u
Rev Anthony Jata’u was kidnapped and murdered.

According to an anonymous source from the diocese who spoke to the Punch newspaper, the kidnappers have demanded a ransom of 10 million Nigerian Naira or £21,500 for the family’s release. The source is reported to have said: ‘Everybody is sad at the moment and afraid for the lives of his family members still in the custody of the bandits. The church doesn’t have such money but it’s hoping to raise a substantial sum to secure the release of the victims.

‘The abductors separated the kids into different locations as it was glaring [sic] when they called and asked them to speak with the person whose mobile telephone the victims gave them.

‘There is panic among worshippers as time is ticking and no one knows what their next line of action will be. Security agencies are aware of the case but there is nothing yet.’

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