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Nigerian Christian leader executed

Pastor Lawan Andimi appears in a proof-of-life video. YouTube/Melodyinter World

Nigerian Christian leader executed

Islamic extremists killed kidnapped Pastor Lawan Andimi, leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria in northeast Adamawa state, on Monday afternoon. A Nigerian journalist who reported on a video of the killing tweeted that Andimi died alongside a soldier.

Why was he abducted? Boko Haram terrorists captured Andimi during a Jan. 3 raid on his hometown of Michika. Extremists groups have upped their sporadic attacks across northeastern Nigeria since December. In a proof-of-life video posted earlier this month, Andimi pleaded for his release and proclaimed his faith in God’s plan for him. “By the grace of God I will be together with my wife, my children, and all my colleagues,” he said. “If the opportunity is not granted, maybe it is the will of God.”

Dig deeper: Read my report in World Tour last week on Andimi’s kidnapping.

Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.



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