A missionary who was providing free medical services to people in a remote village in Delta State has been murdered by kidnappers after he sang a gospel hymn.
A British Missionary, Ian Squire, who was kidnapped alongside other missionaries in Delta State in October was reportedly shot to death by the abductors after he played the song 'Amazing Grace' to lift the souls of other captives.
According to The Telegraph, Squire, a 57-year-old optician, was one of four missionaries providing free medical services for the people of the Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State when they were kidnapped by the gang during a raid in the early hours of October 13, 2017.
Others were Dr. David Donovan, his wife Shirley and Alanna Carson.
Details of the medical charity worker's death were initially withheld but two of the other hostages held alongside Squire have now spoken of their horrifying ordeal.
While speaking of their ordeals in the hands of their abductors, Shirley and Donovan explained that Squire was shot to death the day after the four Britons were captured, and just after singing the soul inspiring hymn.
Dr. Donovan said the group's spirits were lifted when the kidnappers gave Squire a guitar and he played 'Amazing Grace' for them.
"It was the perfect song and at that point, things began to look not quite as bad. But then, after Ian finished playing, he stood up, and a salvo of gunshots killed him instantly," Dr. Donovan began.
Continuing, he said:
"We didn't see who did it, but it was obvious that someone in the gang had shot him. It was terrifying to see.
We jumped out of the shack and into the water as we thought they were coming for us next, but a member of the gang came and put us back in there with Ian for the rest of the day."
The couple said they did not know why the captors murdered Squire, stressing that the gangsters refused to explain why they did it.
The captives were freed after the kidnappers told them a ransom had been paid and were met by two SUVs, with Donovan saying the smell of the leather and the air conditioning 'was like stepping from one world into another'.
They also reported that their captives were cultists whose gang was named after a local warrior god, Egbesu, and were often seen drinking and taking drugs during the period they were in captivity.
Dr. Donovan, a former Cambridge General Practioner and his wife started the medical charity, New Foundations in 2003 after downsizing and said it was their faith that kept them going after early setbacks including severe illness and thefts.
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