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Nigerian church leader executed by Boko Haram

A senior church leader in Nigeria, who was abducted earlier this month, has reportedly now been killed.

Rev Lawan Andimi, a state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) was taken during a raid in Michika.

A video was later released by a group linked to extremist Boko Haram showing him in captivity.

In it, he said: "I have never been discouraged because all conditions that one finds himself is in the hand of God. 

"I still believe that God who made them to act in such a way is still alive and will make all arrangements. 

"By the grace of God, I'll be together with my wife, my children and all my colleagues. Don't cry. Don't worry, but thank God for everything. Thank you."

Investigative journalist, Ahmed Salkida, now says he's seen a video of his beheading.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "To break some news items can traumatize. I'm battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram 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."

Religious freedom charity Release International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to do more to stop these sort of attacks on the Christian community there.

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