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“Christian Youth Corps Member Killed in Adamawa State, Nigeria,” Morning Star News, September 2, 2022:

ABUJA, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – A Christian posted in Yola, northeast Nigeria, as part of his youth service corps duty was killed on Aug. 26 in what was suspected as a targeted attack, sources said.

Samaila Sabo Awudu was assaulted by at least five men with machetes at about 1:30 a.m. in his room at living quarters for members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) stationed in the capital of Adamawa state. He was 28.

University and polytechnic graduates in Nigeria are required to provide one year of national development service with the NYSC, and Awudu, a resident of Taraba state, was serving at the Elkanemi College of Islamic Theology in Yola, his brother said.

Members of the NYSC have been targeted in violent crimes in various parts of Nigeria, but in Awudu’s case the killers somehow reportedly locked the doors of the other corps members before assaulting him with machetes and leaving him for dead.

Awudu’s brother, Ephraim Haruna Sabo, told sympathizers at the funeral at the family compound in Gindin Dorowa, Wukari County, Taraba state this week that corps members had told family members about the attack, according to a text message Morning Star News received from area resident Benita John, who was present in their home for the service.

“We were told by some of his colleagues, corps members, that a group of five armed Muslims attacked him when they broke into his residence at the NYSC lodge in Yola and cut him with machetes,” Sabo told sympathizers, according to John. “He was taken by police officers who went there to the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, where he died.”

Awudu had graduated from the Federal University, Wukari, Taraba state, with a biochemistry degree, Sabo said….

In the 2022 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Nigeria jumped to seventh place, its highest ranking ever, from No. 9 the previous year.