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Niger bandits kill Pastor after collecting ransom


One pastor named Joshua Musa was killed by bandits operating in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State after they collected ransom for his freedom.

Musa, who hails from Nasarawa State, was a Pastor of the Evangelical Church of West Africa ECWA at the Sarkin Pawa Community of the local government before his death.

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The pastor’s death was confirmed by some members of ECWA, who went on social media to sympathise with the family.

A member, Sunny Danbaba, wrote, “This pastor and his wife were kidnapped at Shiroro DCC. After payment to release them, on their way coming out of the bush, they killed him.”

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The bandits were said to have released Musa and the other victims after collecting the ransom, but as they were leaving the forest, they dragged the Pastor back and killed him.

Musa’s wife and the other victims were, however, spared and allowed to return to their homes.

It was reported earlier that the Pastor was kidnapped alongside his wife and others seven days ago. The bandits decided to take his life even after the ransom had been paid for his release.

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The Niger State Police Command Spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, when contacted, said, “I will find out.”