Security forces in Nigeria have arrested a Christian university student in the central state of Nasarawa for converting from Islam to Christianity. They also arrested the man who had taken her to a local church.
Detectives from the Department of State Security Services arrested Nabila Umar Sanda, a 19-year-old student at Bingham University, from the house of a church leader, Jeremiah Datim, and also held her 33-year-old Christian friend, Simput Dafup, who had introduced Nabila to Datim, according to World Watch Monitor.
The officials “stormed my house, assaulted my wife, daughter and 8-month-old baby, and took Nabila away,” Datim was quoted as saying.
Dafup was arrested separately, but in a similar fashion.
Simut Dafup’s mother, Lydia, recalled, “The men who stormed my son’s premises, heavily armed, in five Hilux vehicles, blocked everywhere and assaulted even passers-by.”
She added, “It has become so worrisome for me to let you know about this, because, as I speak with you now, I don’t know where my son is. Nobody has contacted me or any member of the family as to his whereabouts.”
“Miss Nabila told me she is 19 years old and therefore free to choose a religion for herself,” Datim said. “After I met Miss Nabila for the first time … I interacted with her and asked her a lot of questions about both the Christian faith and Islamic faith. Nabila clearly said that she had made up her mind to join the Christian faith and was willing to be a Christian no matter what obstacles were placed on her way.”
The university is owned by one of Nigeria’s major churches, Evangelical Church Winning All.
Christians are routinely persecuted in some parts of Nigeria.
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Source: Christian Post