Benue killings: killers will pay for the sacrilege – Buhari
by Tony Ailemen, Abuja
April 24, 2018 | 11:19 pm| | | Start Conversation
President Muhammadu Buhari has described as vile and satanic the killing of worshippers and two priests at a Catholic church in Ukpor-Mbalom community in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.
In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on .Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President who said the killing of the innocent worshippers was unacceptable, vowed to hunt down the killers and make them pay for their crime.
Latest killings were allegedly carried out by armed bearing herdsmen who attacked St. Ignatius Quasi Parish Ukpor-Mbalom in Ayar-Mbalom community, Gwar East Local Government Area ( LGA) of Benue State.
The armed herdsmen killed two Catholic priests and 17 other worshipers in the process, during the early hours of Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.
According to the President “I extend my sincere condolences to the government and people of Benue State, the Mbalom community, and especially the Bishop, priests and members of the St Ignatius’ Catholic Church, whose premises was the unfortunate venue of the heinous killings by gunmen.
“This latest assault on innocent persons is particularly despicable. Violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshippers is not only vile, evil and satanic, it is clearly calculated to stoke up religious conflict and plunge our communities into endless bloodletting,” the President said.
The President stressed that the country will not bow to the machinations of evildoers, President Buhari vowed that the assailants would be hunted down and made to pay for the sacrilege committed.
Benue State has been at the center of endless killings with no fewer that 2000 persons killed since 2017, following the enactment of an anti- open grazing law aimed at checking regular clashes between farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
Although the umbrella body of the herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association disowned the rampaging herdsmen as their members, several efforts to unravel their identity and motives have reminded fruitless.
The President, speaking recently in London, blamed former Libyan leader, Maummar Gaddafi trained armed militia men for wrecking the havocs in Nigeria.
Similar killings by the herdsmen had occurred at Tse-Igbe in Nyiev Local Government Area of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State and killing a Catholic Catechist, named Christopher Unenge, recently, shortly after President Buhari visited the state.
The herdsmen also ambushed and killed two brothers, Aondowase Uma and Ahanbee Uma, in the same local government, after burning several houses.
The killing had occurred about 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari visited the state to commiserate with the government and people over herdsmen’s murder of 73 people and other killings in the state.
Tony Ailemen, Abuja
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