Living Faith Church Pastor Jeremiah Omolara was on Sunday evening, attacked while driving with his wife and son in Kaduna state.
Pastor Jeremiah who was the resident pastor of a church located in Romi New Extension, in Kaduna State, was killed along Kaduna-Abuja road while travelling to Abuja with his wife.
According to the report given by the Punch, gunmen ambushed the family and opened fire on the moving vehicle, instantly killing the pastor. They then captured the wife and took her somewhere else. Their son, who was reportedly in the car with them was able to escape.
The abductors are now asking for a ransom of about 50 million Naira (140,000 dollars).
This comes around the same times as another pastor, Reverend Father Joe, was attacked by gunmen at his residence and his security guard killed in Kasuwan Magani in Kaduna State. Clergy have become a regular target of kidnappers and militants in Nigeria, as they are seen as an easy source for ransom.
Recall that last week, a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, was also killed by gunmen in Enugu State and five pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was abducted.
The Nigerian government has done little to protect these men, and rarely helps secure their release. This is also a sign of how people think about Christians in Nigeria, as very few other religious leaders ever face the same attacks.
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna Chapter Reacts
The Chairman of the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Joseph Hayab, confirmed the incident.
Hayab lamented the increasing rate of kidnappings in Kaduna, especially, the abduction of men of God.
He described as sad, the killing of the pastor and the abduction of his wife.
Hayab also disclosed that just last Thursday, the parish priest of Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru Local Government Area, was attacked by gunmen at his residence and his security guard killed.
The cleric said the parish priest narrowly escaped being killed or abducted.
He added that in the same Kajuru LGA, the 13-year-old daughter of a Baptist pastor was abducted and the kidnappers were demanding for huge sums of money for ransom.
Hayab said, “As of Friday, the kidnappers were asking us to pay N4 million or we should not call them again for the release of the pastor.
“Now the (other) pastor was abducted along Kaduna-Abuja and was killed while his wife was abducted.
“That tells you that the new trend is to attack us in our homes or in our churches or on the roads.
“We are just not safe anywhere and we asked the same question we have been asking; where are our security agencies?
“Are we being told tactically that we should defend ourselves? If we start defending ourselves, it means that we no longer have security or we no longer have government. Or is this government only for those they love and they don’t care about others?”.
Nigeria ranks 12th on Open Doors 2019 World Watch list of the 50 countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian.