Christian Pastor Escapes Boko Haram after 10 Months of Captivity
Amanda CasanovaReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Oct 10
After 10 months in captivity, Pastor Rotimi Obajimi has escaped from Boko Haram in Nigeria, The Christian Post reports.
“We were so amazed to see him because we have been praying earnestly for a long time trusting Jesus that He would surely come back, but lo and behold he was brought to our headquarters in Maiduguri by the military," a pastor at Redeem Church in Maiduguri told Sahara Reporters.
Obajimi was taken by Islamic militants on Jan. 6 and then taken to Sambisa Forest, where he was reportedly tied down for months.
Obajimi said he escaped after heavy rains caused flooding and the Islamic militants holding him left. Obajimi was later picked up by Nigerian military and treated at a hospital.
Earlier this week, the militants killed seven villagers in Ngamdu, while Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video saying that he will implement strict Sharia law on Nigerian towns.
“Nothing will kill me until my days are over. ... I'm still alive. Some people asked you if Shekau has two souls. No, I have one soul, by Allah," Shekau said in the video.
"We are running our caliphate, our Islamic caliphate. We follow the Quran. ... We now practice the injunctions of the Quran in the land of Allah," he added.
Publication date: October 10, 2014