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CAN cries out over increasing killing, kidnap of pastors in Kaduna

The president of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Rev. Joseph Hayab, lamented on Tuesday the rising tide of murders and kidnappings of clergy members in the state.

Hayat, who was concerned about insecurity in the state of Kaduna, wondered why the murders and kidnappings have become so rampant in the country with Christians and clerics as the most affected.

In reacting to the murder of Pastor Jeremiah Omolara of Living Faith Church in Romi New Extension, a suburb of the state of Kaduna, he urged the government to ensure security coverage in all corners of the state.

GISTOK recalls that Pastor Living Faith was killed by armed men along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway, while his wife, Mrs. Joy, was kidnapped when her son escaped.

Hayab lamented the increasing kidnapping rate in Kaduna, especially the growing kidnapping of clergy in the state.

According to him, “Last week, a cleric was attacked in Kasuwan Magani. The security officer was killed immediately as they struggled to find their way to the house. Thank God, the gunmen couldn’t enter the room. ”

He noted that in the same LGA, (Kasuwan Magani), the daughter of a Baptist pastor was kidnapped and the kidnappers demanded a large sum as ransom.

Narrating how some armed men kidnapped another pastor from a Pentecostal church in the heart of Kaduna, Joseph Hayab said: “Like Friday of last week, the kidnappers asked us to pay N4 million or we should not call them again for the pastor’s release . .

“Now the pastor of Living Faith Church was killed along with Kaduna-Abuja in the presence of his wife, who was later kidnapped. That tells you that the new trend is to attack us in our homes or in our churches or on the roads. It just doesn’t We are safe anywhere and we are asking the same question we have been asking: “Where are our security agencies?”

“Do they tell us tactically that we must defend ourselves? If we begin to defend ourselves, it means that we no longer have security or that we no longer have a government. Or is this government only for those who love and don’t care about others?

“We firmly believe that the federal government and the Inspector General of Police should do something about Kaduna, since we have a governor who does not listen and feels that he knows everything.

“Even after the assassination of the parish security guards, we hear that a government official called the priest. Are you calling the victims we want or addressing security challenges?

“If you talk to me like Reverend Hayab when the criminals attacked me, what help have you given me? You are not helping to stop the attack. So we are really worried that people, especially clerics in Kaduna, are no longer safe.

“We don’t want a situation in which we are forced to think about how to protect ourselves, we believe that the government is there to protect us.”

Meanwhile, calls to get the reaction of the Kaduna Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, rang, even when the text messages sent to him were not answered.