At least 16 people killed in attack on church congregation in Benue

At least 16 people killed in attack on church congregation in Benue

At least 16 people killed in attack on church congregation in Benue

The victims had gone to morning mass at St Ignatius Quasi Parish when their attackers who had laid ambush on the community attacked them around 5.30 am and killed them. "Sixteen persons were confirmed killed, including two priests", Yamu said, according to Reuters. They also burnt down several houses in the community.

"This is most capable of causing a religious war, " he said.

He lamented that there are over 170,000 internally displaced persons in eight camps in Benue before the Naka invasion stressing that this current invasion of Mbalom would further swell the humanitarian crisis the state is already faced with.

The statement said the President extends his condolence to the government and people of Benue State, the Mbalom community and especially the Bishop, Priests and members of Saint Ignatius' Catholic Church, whose premises was the unfortunate venue of the heinous killings by gunmen.

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Students of Benue State origin across tertiary institutions in the country have given Federal Government seven days to initiate measure that would stop the invasion of farming communities in the state by killer herdsmen.

The aggrieved Governor took to his Twitter Page to unleash his worries, wondering why the President has been silent over the continues attack on lives and properties in Nigeria by Herdsmen. In January 2018, 73 villagers were killed in militia attacks on the Guma and Logo areas of the state.

He stated that the 19 victims will be buried at Susugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre, Ayati, Ikpayongo, Gwer east local government area of the state. They recognized the challenges faced by the herdsman, but expressed the need for better alternatives to open grazing. "He has given us the mandate and in two months time, he wants us to give him results", MACBAN leader said.

Engr Abounu, who spoke yesterday after an emergency security meeting at his office, said Benue was at the moment under attack from all corners as insurgents had invaded the state, picking their targets at will and spilling blood everywhere.

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