A shepherd and his wife were killed in an attack by several men while working on their farm in Nigeria.
Emmanuel Saba Bileya, a graduate pastor of a Theological Seminary in Michingan was shot and killed while working on his farm with his wife Juliana, she was pregnant.
“It was an attack on the pastor and his wife on their farm. While they were working on the farm, suddenly armed men came and opened fire on them, leading to the death of the pastor and his wife,” a spokesperson for the state police said in a statement shared by the foundation.
“They are the target of many attacks.”
Bileya was a pastor in a local church in the community, at the same time he received a master’s degree in theology and for the last 5 years served in a local theological seminary.
“In what is being noted as systematic direct war against Christianity in Nigeria, pastors, Christian leaders and seminarians are either being kidnapped or killed every week,” the Hausa Christians Foundation statement reads.
“Christians in Nigeria have been the target of many attacks by the vicious Boko Haram jihadist Islamist terrorists, herdsmen attacks and many other kidnappings in recent times,” it adds.
For his part, Governor Darius Ishaku, condemned the murder as he knew the family of the deceased and members of the church in Bileya.
“The killing of the pastor and his wife is wicked and inhuman. Killings of this nature have happened too often recently in Southern Taraba communities and this is unhelpful to the ongoing efforts of the government to achieve lasting peace among communities in the area,” the governor’s statement reads, according to Nigeria’s This Day newspaper.
Acquaintances expressed that he sent his children to the city where the church was, but that he and his wife would stay at home, those close to him mourn both deaths.
According to the Hausa Christian Foundation, both will be buried by the weekend.