Gunmen invade church; abduct pastor, many worshippers in Niger state

A  Pastor and number of worshipers of Baptist church in Gidigori in Rafi Local government Area of Niger State were on Sunday abducted by gunmen shortly after the morning service, while identities of the victims were yet to be ascertained as at the time of this report.

Penpushing reports that, a resident said the Pastor and some of the church officials were holding meeting when the gunmen invaded the church located on the outskirts of the town and forcefully whisked them away.

The ugly incident was as at the time of filing this report, causing panic among residents of the community, an area said to be trouble vicinity bordering the restive Birnin Gwari Local Government in Kaduna and Zamfara State.

Penpushing further reports that, the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmad Matane, confirmed the incident, just as record equally has it that, officials of the state affirmed that over 151, 380 people, mostly peasant farmers, were displaced in the state by the activities of bandits in the last two years.

Meanwhile, the record also showed that, the displaced persons were registered in 13 local government areas of the state, with Rafi local government  area topping the chart with 28,987 displaced persons.

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