Nigeria: Young Christian girls prevented from going to church by police


Young girls on their way to church were arrested by Islamic police in Kano state, northwest Nigeria, and released after the service ended.

Last week, five young girls were prevented from going to church by the Islamic police (Hisbah), responsible for enforcing Sharia law, in Kano state in north-west Nigeria.

International Christian Concern specifies that the teenagers were heading towards the Winning All evangelical church, when they crossed paths with several police officers. They asked them to veil themselves. When they refused, one of the police officers told them that they would be punished if they participated in worship. After three hours, the girls were able to return home.

According to comments collected by ICC, one of the agents threatened them saying that "Israel is killing our sisters in Gaza. If we want, we will kill you too." 

The persecution of Christians in Nigeria is a major problem. The country is also ranked 6th in theWorld Index of Persecution of Christians 2023, from the NGO Portes Ouvertes. The organization specifies that in the north of the country, "Christians live under Sharia law in 12 states; they are discriminated against and treated as second-class citizens." Furthermore, Nigeria is “the country where the most Christians are killed because of their faith.” 

Recently, International Christian Concern President Jeff King has recalled that “over the past 20 years, up to 100 Christians have probably been murdered” and “three and a half million have lost their land.”

Le investigation report on the “persecutors of the year 2023”, indicates that Nigeria “is undoubtedly the most dangerous place to be a Christian in the world”.

Melanie Boukorras 

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