SAD! Suspected Herdsmen Kill 2 Priests, 11 Worshippers In Benue Church
Benue is again in mourning.
This time, the place of worship has become a place of bloodshed. Early morning mass was ended by a mass killing.
Persons suspected to be herdsmen attacked a church in Ayar-Mbalom community in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.
The worshippers had gathered to pray in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday, at St. Ignatius’ Catholic Church when the gunmen came, but that service ended on a sad note.
Two Catholic priests and 11 other worshippers were killed.
Bodies of the dead have been deposited at the St Murray hospital Makurdi, the capital city.
The Bishop of St Murray confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
He said 13 bodies have been recovered so far, giving an indication that the death toll may rise.
The attack has not been confirmed by any security agency.
Benue killings have continued even after troops of the Nigerian Army launched Operation Ayem Akpatuma (Cat Race) in the region. It is aimed at containing the activities of the herders, but that seems not to be happening.
Few days ago, 10 persons persons were also killed by suspected herdsmen in Guma Local Council.
President Muhammadu Buhari had over a month ago visited the state and had received reports that the police Inspector General left the state within 48 hours of his arrival.
He had assured the residents that normalcy would return.