The chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Michika local government area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, has been killed by Boko haram.
Andimi of the Evangelical Church of Yahweh, was abducted by the insurgents two weeks ago following an attack on Michika town.
Days after his abduction, Rev. Andimi was seen in a viral video, begging the state government to intervene and secure his release.
Breaking the news via his twitter handle on Tuesday, Ahmed Salkida, a journalist known to have close ties with Boko Haram, disclosed that the CAN chairman was executed on Monday, 20 January 2020.
Salkida through his Twitter handle, @a_salkida tweeted: “To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by Boko Haram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family.”
Confirming the death of the cleric, the state CAN Chairman, and Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Bishop Dami Mamza, described the murder of the clergy as gruesome and unfortunate.
Bishop Mamza, who disclosed that the killing was communicated to them through their contact, added that the insurgents rejected a N50million offer to release Andimi and insisted on being paid N200 million.
According to him, Boko Haram has threatened to kill the cleric on Saturday but did not carry out the execution until Monday.