Nigeria troops rescue Christian schoolboy abducted by Fulani herdsmen

Monday, May 3, 2021

by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - Government troops in Nigeria’s Plateau state have rescued a boy who was one of four students kidnapped from their Christian mission school by Muslim Fulani herdsmen last month, Morning Star News reports. Kelvin Eze of King’s School was rescued on April 30; the other three students had managed to escape the day before.

The King’s School is a Christian missions school founded by Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) in Gana Ropp village, Barkin Ladi County in Plateau state. As a mission school, it may have been targeted by Fulani militants because of its Christian foundation: Fulani herdsmen have for years been conducting an onslaught of killings and attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria.

On April 29, the school’s director Bayo Famonure sent a text message to Morning Star News saying: “Please pray for us, as we’re under attack here at our school in Gana Ropp village.”

Police authorities confirmed the attack and said that officers and military personnel had been dispatched to rescue Kelvin Eze, who had not managed to escape. “Concerted efforts are on towards rescuing the victim and arresting the perpetrators,” police spokesman Ubah Gabriel Ogaba said in a press statement.

Prior to the rescue of Kelvin, the Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam, president of the Para-Mallam Peace Foundation, had said in a statement: “Let’s pray that God will work out the release of the abducted student, and as many that are also in captivity, especially students of Greenfield university and College of Forestry & Mechanisation both in Kaduna, Chibok girls in Borno, Leah Sharibu and others, in Jesus’ name.”