A Nigerian evangelical denominational leader has been kidnapped and is now being held for ransom by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Nigerian media outlets are reporting.
The Nigerian media networks reported on Monday that the national headquarters of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), which has about 5 million members nationwide and is one of the biggest Christian denominations in Nigeria, issued a release explaining that the Rev. Jen Moses was kidnapped last Friday evening upon returning to the capital city of Abuja from Jos in the Plateau State.
Additionally, the captors, believed to be seven young Fulani herdsmen, have demanded a ransom equivalent to nearly $275,000 for Moses, who serves as ECWA’s Christian education director.
During the attack, Moses’ driver was shot and injured and has received treatment at a nearby hospital.
Yunusa Nmadu, ECWA’s general secretary, confirmed Moses’ abduction. According to Pulse, Nmadu told reporters that Moses’ captors called church officials to demand the ransom.
“The kidnappers were seven Fulani boys; they were below 20 years,” Nmadu said. “The incident happened on Friday night between 8 and 9 pm. Rev. Jen Moses was on his way from Jos to Abuja around Jere-Bwari Road.”
Nmadu continued by stating that the kidnappers demanded 100 million Nigerian naira for Moses’s freedom.
“The driver was advised to obtain the police report before he was treated,” Nmadu explained.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post