Pastor Istifanus Ndaks had perhaps sought to
follow the example of Paul, the apostle in not being indebted to any man for his daily living.
As a Man of God, even if his humility would
not make him call himself such, he had no
scruple tilling the ground in his farm in Unguwan Mai-Chibi, located seven kilometres
from the popular Kachia Road which bestrides the now troubled Southern Kaduna region of Kaduna State.
Ndaks had been posted by the Chapel of
Goodnews, a mission oriented church based
in Kaduna to the community. Like Paul who
made tents as a way of providing income for
himself, Ndaks had taken to farming as a
channel for providing for his household
consisting of a wife, four children and a niece.
Penultimate Monday, 12th December, Ndaks
alongside his niece Alheri, gone to the farm to
gather corn when they were accosted in the
farm by two men dressed in Fulani attire who
made a peaceable approach to him allow
them to bring their herd of cattle to graze in
It was a request Ndaks apparently willing to
build communication agreed to. He only told
them to come back the following day, that is
Tuesday, December 13 being that he was still
harvesting the corn and would finish the
harvest the following day, his niece Alheri,
who witnessed the encounter said.
The two men Fulani men had no qualms
about that and readily agreed and made to
leave. That encounter turned out to be the
last conscious meeting on earth between the
pastor and any earthling.
As the girl went to the car they came with to
drop something, she had a scream and
behold it was her uncle Istifanus that had
been matcheted and was lying on the
A statement from the Chapel of Goodnews on
the encounter issued by the presiding elder,
Bro. George Leramo said that Alheri ran to
the village to tell the villagers who came
immediately but they saw nobody as the
herdsmen had already disappeared.