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June 23, 2018

Fulani herdsmen attack Catholic Priest, sack Seminary in Taraba

  Barely a week after the burial of priests and parishioners  killed by Fulani herdsmen in the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Benue State, Rev. Fr. Cornelius Koba, Sunday night, narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds, as Fulani gunmen attacked the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba State. The Taraba State spokesman, ASP David Misal, confirmed the attack in a phone interview with our correspondent. Catholic Bishop of Jalingo Diocese, Most Rev. (Dr.) Charles Hammawa, described the attack on the seminary and the targeting of priests as regrettable. He, therefore, urged government to be more serious in…

Fulani herdsmen kill 492 Benue people in 5 months, displace 170,000

  As two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners were given Mass burial May 22, in Makurdi, Benue State, the State Governor Samuel Ortom, noted that it was the third time the state was conducting mass burial. He disclosed that 492 people have so far been killed by herdsmen, since the beginning of the year, while the state government is battling to cater for over 170,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) languishing in eight camps in the state. He also disclosed that 80,000 Benue children are presently out of school as a result of the incessant herdsmen attacks and invasions in the…

Agony, rage: Catholics bury their dead in Benue

… Prayer rally postponed in Owerri for security reasons With sad faces and tearful eyes, the Catholic Church buried its dead in Benue State, and sent a strong message of disappointment to President Muhammadu Buhari. The two priests and 17 worshippers who were brutally murdered, by terrorist Fulani Herdsmen, last month, were laid to rest, on Tuesday, after a funeral mass, at the Sesugh Maria Pilgrimage Centre, Ayati, Benue State. The bodies of the deceased were brought to church, in white caskets, with names, and stacked in a truck, preceded by two ambulances. Distraught family members, wailing, relatives, friends and…

Southern Youths Wings of CAN condemns herdsmen killings

Gov. Samuel Orton of Benue state presenting an award of recognition to the Southern YOWICAN Chairman, Barr. Oluchukwu Ijere Nnabugwu for his friendship to Benue state government

  …… Condoles with Benue state government The Southern Youths wing of Christain Associations of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned in its entirety the recent massacre killings by Fulani herdsmen in the country. In a press release made available to newsmen in Owerri recently, the President of the Southern Youth Wing of CAN, Barr. Oluchukwu Nnabugwu noted that since 2016 still date more persons have died in clashes with herdsmen than in Boko Haram especially in states like Benue, Adamawa, Ekiki, Imo, zamfara, Enugu and Delta. Saddled by this, he disclosed that the Youths Christain Association has commenced the visit to…

Senate gives IGP 14 days to arrest perpetrators of Benue killings

  The Senate Tuesday issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to apprehend the perpetrators of the recent killings in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of Benue State and hand them over to the attorney general of the state for prosecution. The attacks led to the deaths of at least 73 persons. Resuming from its Yuletide recess Tuesday, the upper legislative chamber said the failure to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators, who it said include “well trained foreign mercenary elements”, will threaten Nigeria’s unity as the crisis was deepening the country’s ethno-religious…

Gov Ortom gives herdsmen 48 hours to leave Benue community

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has given Fulani herdsmen in Tombo-Mbalagh, Buruku Local Government Area of the state a 48 hour ultimatum to leave the area. Ortom gave the order on Monday in Tombo-Mbalagh after assessing the damage inflicted on the community by herdsmen. The visit followed the weekend attacks by the herdsmen. Ortom said that he had directed security agencies as a matter of urgency to lead herdsmen out of the area for peace to reign. He said the herdsmen must leave since they were not welcomed by the unarmed inhabitants of the area. Ortom appealed to the people…

Couple robbed on their way to wedding

Fighting crime as a collective responsibility

An Assistant Inspector of Nigeria Prisons Service attached to Otukpo Division, John Itodo was in the early hour of Friday October 7 robbed at gun point with his bride, Jesse and other family members while returning from their traditional marriage. Mr. Itodo, younger brother to Yemi Itodo, an Abuja based Media Practitioner, had concluded a traditional marriage rite with his bride in Etulo, a suburb of Katsina-Ala local government of Benue State on Thursday and was to move to Otukpa in Ogbadibo LGA same day for their wedding ceremony billed for Saturday. The vehicle carrying the newly married couple, however,…

Insecurity: A threat to farming

Governments all over the country, both Federal and States, have continued to shout it loud and clear that there is need to deemphasize our over-dependence on oil, in favour of the Agricultural sector. Although experts have come up with numerous slogans calling on Nigerians to go back to farm as the surest way of growing the economy, hardly any government seems prepared to give what it takes to nip in the bud the various challenges facing farmers. Top among these challenges is the insecurity to famers lives and crops.  The security challenges take different forms in different parts of the…

Decomposing body of abducted Reverend Father John Adeyi found in Benue

Residents of Otukpa community were on Wednesday thrown into shock and mourning as the decaying body of the kidnapped Catholic Diocese of Otukpo, Rev. Father John Adeyi, was found.   DAILY POST reports that his body was abandoned behind the local government council secretariat, Obu Otukpa, by unknown persons in the early hours of today. A popular Comedian, Enenche Enenche Confirmed to DAILY POST. He said, “It is true.   “His sister, Sarah confirmed the death after Adeyi brother’s attention was called to the ill sight this morning. “His brother, in the presence of residents and policemen, confirmed the body…

Benue boils again as herdsmen, gunmen kill 4

PANDEMONIUM erupted in Benue State, yesterday, as four persons including an All Progressives Congress (APC) youth leader and three others were killed in two separate crises in Tarka and Gboko local government and areas of the state. Daily Sun gathered that gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen had in the early hours of yesterday abducted and killed the youth leader of the APC in Tarka Local Government, Aondohemba Kasaar and one other youth in the area. Sources told our correspondent that the APC youth leader was abducted at Mbaichor area after which his mutilated corpse was later found in the…

Herdsmen with AK-47

The recent wanton killing of over 300 harmless Agatu indigenes of Benue State by suspected Hausa-Fulani cattle rearers, once again brings to the fore their increasing menace and nervelessness of the Federal Government to deal with the harassment of innocent Nigerians by these herdsmen. Two weeks earlier, villagers in Tom Anyiin and Tom-Attan communities, Mbaya Tombu in Burukutu LGA, also of Benue State were rattled from sleep by reverberating sound of sporadic gunshots from some Fulani cattle rearers, a shooting spree that claimed many lives. It beats our imagination to understand why such cold blooded massacre should occur in those…