December 2, 2022

Insurgency: Church Loses 8 more Mission Stations, 22 Members Kidnapped

The Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, says it has closed down 8 more of her mission fields due to insurgency around Abaji, the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Abuja.

Coordinator of the COCIN Community Mission, CCM, Rev. Moses Gonam stated this while speaking to the Lightbearer newspaper at the Headquarters of the Church in Jos, Plateau State.

Rev. Moses Gonam, the CCM Coordinator

He said when the terror attacks persisted on the people of Abaji Mission Zone, the Pastors and the villagers had no option but to flee to safer places forcing the mission stations to close down.

Rev. Gonam said report has it that after some time, when the people went back to harvest some of their crops thinking normalcy has returned luck ran out of them and 22 of them were kidnapped by the bandits on their farms on the 4/10/2022.

The affected stations are Kutara, Bwaji, Ajiji, Katakiti, Kpakpata, others are Kache, Zuyi and the Gurdi, the headquarters of the Abaji zone.

Earlier in a letter to the General Secretary of the Church through the Director of Evangelism and Missions dated 6/10/2022 explaining the situation, the mission coordinator lamented saying, “This is one of the difficult moments that they are going through”.

He solicited prayers for God to grant release to the kidnapped members and to bring an end to the security challenges bedeviling the nation.

The CCM coordinator also appealed to the Federal Government to accord priority to security of lives and property of its citizens. It would be recalled that 4 months ago the Church through the CCM coordinator announced that they have closed 5 mission stations in Kyamsangi/ Donkai mission zone in Kanam local government area of Plateau State over insecurity .