The Nigerian pastor who played a central role in the conversion of a young Muslim woman to Christianity has denounced the response of the country’s security services, from which he alleges he has received death threats. The first response of the Nigerian Department of State Security Services (DSS), in January, had been to arrest the woman, 19-year-old Nabila Umar Sanda, and her friend, Simput Dafup, 33, who had introduced her to the pastor, Jeremiah Datim.
Speaking to World Watch Monitor in May, Datim said the pair were released after 10 days, but only after they had been tortured. He said the young woman was then returned to her parents—who had reported her conversion to police—and kept under surveillance. After two months she escaped and went into hiding. The woman later posted a message on Facebook, saying she’d converted to Christianity out of free choice after having “an encounter with Jesus Christ” and that “no-one forced me into Christianity”. READ MORE