Armed men believed to be herdsmen have killed three people who were returning from the burial of the two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners at Saint Ignatius Quasi-Parish in Ayar-Mbalom in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State. It was learnt that the attackers ambushed their victims and slaughtered them on Makurdi-Naka Road.
A source from Naka, the headquarters of Gwer West Local Government Area, said the victims, Ayange Tyoban, Ukeyima Azongu and Ajuju Torgbende, were on a motorcycle when they ran into the assailants who carried sophisticated weapons.
“They were coming back from Makurdi to Naka after the burial of the two Catholic priests and 17 other worshippers killed last month by the same herdsmen,” the source said. Governor Samuel Ortom has confirmed the killing of the three sympathisers and condemned the brutal manner the people were been massacred like animals.
He said: “On May 22, while people who attended the mass burial of the priests and other worshipers were coming back, they were ambushed and killed by the same mercenaries, whether Boko Haram or Libyan mercenaries or Fulani herdsmen or whatever you call them.
“For us, we will continue to be law-abiding, we will continue to push that justice be done because this country belongs to us. “We want to see a country where there is freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom of everything. We want to see the safety of all so that we live together and add value to the development of our country.”
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