News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

BARONESS-COX-NIGERIA-main_article_image.jpg
World News

Bishop and Christian peer miss deadly Islamist ambush by minutes

by Antony Bushfield

Baroness Cox and Bishop Stewart Ruch were in Nigeria's Jos State on Monday 14th November to meet people affected by Islamic insurgency.

Boko Haram has left thousands of people dead in attacks on mainly Christian areas.

The pair were part of a group of church and charity leaders on a fact finding mission.

Around 30 minutes after leaving a village the group received a phone call from a vicar they had met there.

He said he was phoning to check their whereabouts because Islamist Fulani herdsmen had descended on the area and opened fired.

"My main concern was I hope none of the villagers were hurt," Baroness Cox told Premier.

No one from the Christian community was injured, she added.

Rev Gyang Boyi had met with the peer on her visit and described the scene when she left: "Barely thirty minutes after your team left, armed men came into the valley, the only way out of the village, and started shooting at people driving through.

"Many shot at were youths driving back from a wedding. They must have thought it was your team.

"We thank God you escaped this."

Baroness Cox added: "What is going on is immensely serious for the Christian communities in the North.

"Boko Haram has been driven back from many areas but it's still creating terror and killing people."

She's urging the West to do more to tackle the insurgency.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £8 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £8 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate