Two Nigerian Christian Women Among Five Students Murdered by Kidnappers
Two Christian women were among five students murdered by kidnappers following their abduction from a university in Kaduna state, Nigeria on April 20.
The bodies of Precious Nwakacha and Dorathy Yohanna were discovered on April 22 alongside the remains of fellow student Sadiq Yusuf Sanga, a Muslim, in a village close to Greenfield University.
The bodies of two other abducted students were found on April 26. Their names had not been released by the authorities at this writing.
Greenfield officials have not confirmed how many students and staff were abducted by gunmen who attacked the university at 8:30 p.m., killing a staff member; however, a Barnabas contact said the majority of the kidnapped are Christian.
The Kaduna state government has condemned the killings by the kidnappers, who have demanded a ransom of 800 million Nigerian pounds ($2,102,560). A statement issued on behalf of the governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, said, “The ruthless and heartless resort of the kidnappers to murdering these young persons is part of their effort to further their blackmail and compel us to abandon our ‘no-ransom, no-negotiation’ policy.”
In March, gunmen kidnapped 39 students, mostly Christian, from the College of Forestry Mechanisation in Mando, Kaduna state. The state government announced the release of five students almost a month later.
From Barnabas Aid contacts and other sources