Bandits have killed Revd Dauda Bature, Pastor in charge of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Nariya in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The bandits were said to have killed the cleric after collecting an undisclosed sum as ransom.
According to The Sun, the assailants abducted Revd Bature on November 8 as he worked on his farm in the Nariya area.
After the abduction, the bandits reportedly opened negotiations with the victim’s wife and demanded N10 million ransom.
When the victim’s wife raised some money, she was said to have taken it to the assailants on November 18, only for the abductors to collect the money and abduct her too.
The abductors reportedly kelp her until Monday, December 6, and released her so that she could look for more money.
The abductors then stopped negotiating with the victim’s wife but another person.
The Chairman, Kaduna branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Joseph Hayab confirmed the incident.
“On Thursday, they just called to tell the man that they had killed the pastor since they could not bring more money. The leadership of ECWA has been finding it difficult to break the information to the wife until yesterday (Friday) which was why people are just getting to know about it.
“What this means is that the bandits have become so cruel and brutal to their victims. They no longer have mercy.
“It shows our government needs to triple what it’s doing. These people cannot be defeated through rhetoric but by a superior fire. Despite the measures taking, they still continue their wickedness,” Hayab said.