Buhari Vows Punishment For Benue Church Attackers


The killing occurred at St. Ignatius Catholic Church Ukpor-Mbalom Parish, Gwer East Local government are of the state.

Nigerian police have reported that armed herdsmen opened fire on a congregation killing 16 people, and injuring others on Tuesday.

"The herdsmen burnt almost 50 houses during the attack and sacked the entire community".

Both the Benue State government and the Catholic Church have confirmed the attacks.

In a statement confirming the deaths, Rev Father Moses Iorapuu, the director of communications of Makurdi Diocese, said the local population was "asking why the worldwide community has remained silent over the massacre of Benue citizens" and described the targeting of the priests as amounting to the "total destruction of everything we stand for and believe in, as a people".

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.

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Hours after the attack, President Muhammadu Buhari had condemned the killing of the two priests and worshippers as "vile and satanic".

The attack took place in Ayar-Mbalom, a community in Benue state. They refuse to go. "No weapon to defend ourselves".

He described the killing as despicable and unfortunate, adding that some persons were trying to stoke up religious crises in the country.

"In the last one week, we have watched as disturbing indices continue to crop up ahead of the forthcoming general election with APC administration either unconcerned or involved in a tactical endorsement of such act", the party said.

"I find it unexplainable that some group of gunmen should hold a state to ransom since January, killing and maiming citizens and destroying their houses and the security operatives appear helpless". The Fulani herdsmen are still around us in Mbalom. "Crimes of epic proportions are going on by armed Fulani herdsmen but the United Nations and World leaders are doing nothing may be because we are blacks".