Mass Burial For 2 Catholic Priests, 17 Parishoners Killed By Fulani Herdsmen (PHOTOS)

Following threats from the Muhammadu Buhari regime, media outlets in Nigeria have remained silent on the burial of the 19

Following threats from the Muhammadu Buhari regime, media outlets in Nigeria have remained silent on the burial of the 19 people killed by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State in April 2018.

Tension could be felt in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, as the two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners slain by Fulani herdsmen were buried on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Photos from the burial ceremony were made available to The Trent by a reader, @Yemiefash.

A priest conducts burial for the 2 Roman Catholic priests and 17 parishioners murdered by Fulani herdsmen in Benue on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Makurdi | Twitter
A priest conducts burial for the 2 Roman Catholic priests and 17 parishioners murdered by Fulani herdsmen in Benue on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Makurdi | Twitter

Already, Governor Samuel Ortom has declared Tuesday a work-free day to honour the departed.

This was just as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria had directed all Catholic faithful across the country to embark on a peaceful and prayerful protest, tagged, ‘March for Life,’ on Tuesday.

Catholic Church members were directed to be dressed in “all Catholic society groups, apostolate, Bishop’s installation or parish uniforms.”

Those who do not have any of those were advised to be dressed in a white top while “priests and religious shall be in cassock and habits.”

“We should all come with our rosaries and a candlestick each,” the directive by the CBCN added.

Suspected armed herdsmen had invaded Mbalon community and attacked St. Ignatius Catholic Church at Ayar Mbalom in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State about a month ago and killed two priests – Rev Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha — and other 17 worshipers during early morning mass.

The 19 victims of the attack are to be given a mass burial today at the Ayati pilgrim site near Ikpayongo in Gwer East Local Government Area of the state.

Meanwhile, the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin, Edo State, said on Monday that Catholic faithful in the state would on Tuesday stage a peaceful protest in compliance with the directive by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Benin disclosed this in a statement signed by its Archbishop, Most Revd. Augustine Akubeze, and Chancellor, Very Revd. Fr. Michael Oyanoafor, on Monday.

It said that the clergy and lay faithful would march in solidarity with the people of Benue State as they mourn the death of their compatriots, especially those who lost their lives in the April 24 attack in the Gwer East Local Government Area of the state.

Also, the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, Osun State, in a statement signed by Most Rev. John Oyejola, on Monday, said that it was set for Tuesday’s protest.

Also, the Catholic Diocese of Lagos said in a statement on Monday that it was ready for the “solemn, peaceful demonstration against killings in Nigeria.”

In the statement signed by the Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Martins, the Lagos diocese said the procession would begin from St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Ikeja with the Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja as its destination.

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A priest conducts burial for the 2 Roman Catholic priests and 17 parishioners murdered by Fulani herdsmen in Benue on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Makurdi | Twitter
Caskets of the 2 Roman Catholic priests and 17 parishioners murdered by Fulani herdsmen in Benue on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Makurdi as they are given a mass burial| Twitter
Caskets of the 2 Roman Catholic priests and 17 parishioners murdered by Fulani herdsmen in Benue on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Makurdi as they are given a mass burial| Twitter
Caskets of the 2 Roman Catholic priests and 17 parishioners murdered by Fulani herdsmen in Benue on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in Makurdi as they are given a mass burial| Twitter

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INTERVIEW: How Nigeria can maximise benefits of Rivers Niger, Benue – U.S.-based Scientist (3)

In the concluding part of this engrossing interview with Bunmi Fatoye-Matory, Bamidele Omotowa, a Nigerian U.S.-based Chemist, Nuclear Scientist, and

In the concluding part of this engrossing interview with Bunmi Fatoye-Matory,
Bamidele Omotowa, a Nigerian U.S.-based Chemist, Nuclear Scientist, and Co-Founder of Pearlhill Technologies, says Nigeria can envision alternative approach to stimulate science, technology, job-creation and economic development.

You can read the first part of the interview here, and the second part here.

PT: What can Nigeria do to take advantage of her scientists?

Omotowa: During 1970-1984, Brazil spent $19.6 billion to construct the Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the Parana River on the border between Brazil and Paraguay for installed capacity of 14,000 MW. Approximately 10,000 families living beside the Parana River were displaced during the construction.

This project has established potential for Brazil’s 285 million people in the modern industrialisation age and beyond. The impact has helped to place Brazil as a key member of BRICS nations (an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), perhaps second most prestigious global economic block, after the G8 industrialised nations.

Similarly, China’s Three Gorges Dam, built at a cost US$22.5 billion, is home to hydroelectric power station along the Yangtze River with installed capacity 22,500 MW. Along with producing electricity, the dam has increased the shipping capacity and reduced the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage space. China regards the project as monumental and as a success socially and economically. Funding sources include the Three Gorges Dam Construction Fund, profits from the Gezhouba Dam, loans from the China Development Bank, loans from domestic and foreign commercial banks, corporate bonds, and revenue from both before and after the dam is fully operational.

An important function of the dam is to control flooding, which is a major problem for the seasonal river of the Yangtze. Millions of people live downstream of the dam, with many large, important cities like Wuhan, Nanjing, and Shanghai situated adjacent to the river. Plenty of farm land and China’s most important industrial area are built beside the river. China relocated several millions of residents of 13 cities, 140 towns and 1,350 villages for the construction of the dam.

Benue flood. [Photo credit: Bella Naija]

The environmental impact included emissions, erosion and sedimentation, earthquakes and landslides, waste management, forest cover, wildlife, culture and aesthetics, national security, structural engineering integrity.

These challenges put age-old cultural beliefs to test, advance native expertise at solving problems and find their limits, justify the urgency to level-up with available global approach to solving local problems, and create vision for commerce for the next generations, and create a need for policy to manage labor immigration, and new settlers.

These projects describe how we could envision alternative approach to stimulate science, technology, job-creation, and economic development in Nigeria.

Since 1979, Cameroon has alerted Nigeria to the existential risk of the reservoirs water of Lake Nyos. Unpredictable overflooding would force Cameroon to release overflow downstream through the Benue basin all the way through Onitsha to the sea.

There is need to develop a response to this threat as a national security priority. Perennial flooding of this basin has frequently caused flooding all the way from Mubi region through Makurdi to Onitsha, Bayelsa to the sea. The anticipated catastrophe is expected to have the capacity to claim almost a million lives in Nigeria when it happens. The encroaching Sahara Desert endangers the arable land of Northern Nigeria.

Nigeria could explore channeling the overflows of Rivers Niger and Benue to strategically create new waterways to increase arable land in Northern Nigeria. This could result in up to five per cent increase of Nigeria’s agricultural output. As references, New York with 10 million people and Los Angeles with about seven million people use water sourced from 200-400 miles away.

The legendary erosion of Eastern Nigeria soil is an existential problem that we can carefully consider and target for long-term ecological, economic, engineering and socio-cultural development. These projects show the need for new ways to transport goods by rail, appropriately skilled workforce, support infrastructure, and social organisation.

Perhaps new towns will be created by the need. A growing society will advance our citizenship. Our mining capacity is currently very limited to non-processing activities, as has been our agricultural output.

By defining our burning objectives through government and legislative instruments, the young Nigerians can rapidly move science and technology to produce output that will rival and perhaps many-folds of our current earning from oil production. Nigeria’s population can be an asset.

Nigeria may even see the value to unleashing her secret weapon – education of resourceful and capable women of northern extraction. We must seek national and local leaders that think to solve society’s problems. The financing method for these mass impact projects can be realised by fiscal probity. The Nigerian government has made major gains in this area, and continuity could lead the way to force cultural change to financial integrity in our economy.

If Senator Shehu Sani’s (APC, Kaduna Central District) comments in January 26, 2016 of Vanguard Newspaper that, “$200 billion was being stashed away in the United Arab Emirates” were accurate, then there are adequate private funds to construct the Brazilian and the Chinese dams together, perhaps many times over, within Nigeria. Our elected government and legislature have a significant role to play to facilitate project financing and return guarantee for national development.

Senator Shehu Sani [Photo credit: Instagram]

The emigration process helped Nigerian citizens abroad to broaden their scientific knowledge.

Nigerian scientists have a significant amount of scientific expertise, particularly based in the U.S. where they are given the opportunity, in large numbers, to develop their competitive skills at the highest levels. Of course, there is similar opportunity elsewhere but for far fewer numbers. We must consider this as a time-sensitive tangible bequeath, intended or not. It will not always be available to us, and it will be increasingly expensive to access this wealth-pool in future generations of Diaspora Nigerians.

Other countries, like China (1980s-to date) and India (2000s-to date), have tapped into their diaspora resources, their scientists in diaspora, to assist with native national development. As catalysts along this path, China authorised the construction of the Three Gorges River Dam Project in 1980, and has lifted about 675 million citizens from poverty in the past thirty years, 230 million in the recent decade alone, with only about 100 million Chinese still below poverty line as of 2017.

Diaspora Chinese played key roles to kick-start the reforms, and technical stimulation of their economy to current GDP of approximately $11.2 trillion (pop. 1.379 billion), rising sharply over the past two decades.

Similarly, Indian Prime Minister, Vajpayee came to the United States to offer fundamental changes to the relationship between India and its Diaspora. Citizenship rights reform were part of fundamental changes offered to invite and support diaspora Indians to facilitate bridging of technological expertise that limited India’s competitiveness. Subsequently, major technology companies moved to southern India in the recent two decades; and this has created what is today’s Bangalore high-tech hub.

India does not produce oil in any significant quantity, but the R&D facility of Royal Dutch Shell Oil Company is in Bangalore, not Nigeria. Surprised? It is a business decision. India’s GDP has grown steadily to $2.26 trillion (pop. 1.324 billion), at a less steep rate as China’s, but can be trailed to have gained steadily since the early 1990s.

Nigeria’s GDP is approximately $404.65 billion (pop. 0.190 billion). Diaspora Nigerians, including 381,000 census residents in the USA (2016) and 202,000 in the UK (2011), 28,000 in Canada (2011), about 10,000 in China (2016), and elsewhere, reportedly remit about $38 billion back home annually. Harnessing the Diaspora capacity, along with a careful integration into the youth economy, could see Nigeria approach a respectable $4 trillion-GDP economy for its projected population of 0.25 billion people at the end of the next two decades.

Current net oil revenue at below $75 billion with poorly skilled society will not lead us as far to our globally recognised potential. The rest of the world likely recognises the potential that we fail to envision.

Meanwhile, Diaspora Nigerians have significant expertise in academia or government institutions, but now urgently need to rapidly take huge risks to accelerate gains into executive management, Boards, and ownership of technology industries in globally competitive markets. The political parties must iterate and prioritise critical national goals, and plan for moving unemployed forty-year olds and younger out of poverty into employment. This could become a bequeath to future Nigerian children.

The youth in Nigeria can build an economy but our native culture and vision are not sufficient to be relevant in the global competition. No culture in Nigeria today has validated frameworks for science and commercialisation that currently challenge us. The Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) can help with this goal. They are driven by commercial success and will always adapt to succeed massively.

PT: You and your wife have trained your children through America’s most prestigious universities.Congratulations to your family. What should parents in America be mindful of in raising children here?

Omotowa: My thinking is that you must determine to give your children the best that fate will bring to them. I would avoid the mentality to be like everybody else. We need to encourage them to be their best in whatever they choose to do.

Living in urban centres is not particularly conducive in raising children because of the amount of idle time without parents’ oversight and there is potentially significant non-parent influence that help to develop distractive or lazy priority. It’s easier for children to pick up bad habits and bad company in big cities. Often, there are no neighbours to help through difficult times in the cities because people keep to themselves. It is good to find and move to neighbourhoods that support child rearing. Smaller cities could present the advantage that parents could be around to supervise the development of mind and priority of the children.

Reading to children is very important. An hour of reading to a child from the age of three is worth about twenty thousand dollars of accumulated tuition value by the time they’re ready to go to college. Reading promotes confidence, affirmation, skills, dreams and drive success in children.

As for the schools they attend, either private or public schools are alright, but parents must pay extra attention at the 7th grade, when they are about 13 years old, that they develop skills beyond academic life. They should be encouraged to develop leadership skills, not by bossing other children around, but by helping their peers who need help. They should be supported to participate in community development activities. It is important that children be taught humility and coping strategies against adversity. Compassion for the weakest in society should be ingrained into them.

Our children worked months-long as cleaner and sales person in a fast food restaurant; spoke Spanish well enough to interact effectively with fellow summer farmworkers on Idaho farms. During two different summer holidays, another spoke fluent French language, worked as a cleaner/custodian in a hotel, and on an assembly line ‘sweat shop’ with Idaho factory workers.

Of course, children should be encouraged to excel academically, especially taking advantage of Advanced Placement, Honors courses, and Dual enrolment in College Credit courses as high. College admission officers are increasingly taking notice of the breadth of a child’s non-academic achievements.

PT: How do you think we and our African-American cousins can work productively together?

Omotowa: Our African-American and African families were unequally disadvantaged in history. Nevertheless, disadvantaged. There are great opportunities to work together. A generation ago, we began the dialogue at the first World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture in Dakar, Senegal in 1966; and continued at the second edition in Lagos, Nigeria in 1977.

Several African-American businessmen have visited the African continent on business exploration ventures. Late President Nelson Mandela, Nigeria’s General Olusegun Obasanjo (twice President), Ambassador Andrew Young Jnr and Reverend Jesse Jackson, as well as several other political and business leaders played pivotal roles in facilitating extensive understanding among members of our family. To date, the steady direct flight of Delta Airlines from Atlanta to Lagos, as the only American airline to do so in current adverse economic situation is testament to the commitment of Ambassador Young (as a former member of the Board) to keep open the bridge for cultural exchange.

We really need to work together as a team. Following those elders of both communities, we must strive to move past challenges to reach for the higher goals of improving our economics, security, and positioning in the global affairs. We need to help each other.

The advancement of African-Americans is a great opportunity for Africa to create one or many paths to its growth to glory on the world stage. A house divided against itself cannot stand.

Former U.S President, Barack Obama [Photo Credit: indianexpress.com]

Recently, people who think little of us have sought to diminish the rise of former President Obama by characterising him as different from African-American slavery history. The same school of thought has labelled continuously challenged African economies and Haiti’s as “shitholes”.

The same mindset could have similarly labeled China in the years of her re-discovery between 1860 and 1980. At the least, Chinese history has taught mankind that periods of nationhood are not frozen frames but are feedstock for emerging new powers. People of African ancestry have made significant progress and could write the next chapter in advancing humans. We must work together when opportunity presents itself to advance progress on both sides of the Atlantic.

PT: Thank you.

Benue Killings; Why Ndigbo Should Worry, By Charles Ogbu [MUST READ]

That the non-Caliphate rest of Nigerians are currently witnessing an undeclared war being waged on them by the #ScionsOfDanfodio is

That the non-Caliphate rest of Nigerians are currently witnessing an undeclared war being waged on them by the #ScionsOfDanfodio is not in doubt.

This war is full-scale jihad. And the aim is to kill, maim, conquer and enslave the non-Caliphate rest of Nigeria in furtherance of the dream of Danfodio. These are issues that are beyond argument.

That the Nigeria govt and all her security apparatus are criminally complicit in this moral tragedy is an open secret. This was the sole reason Buhari spent 12 years seeking power. Nothing more. This was the sole reason he handed virtually all the security agencies to his fellow ArewaNorthern irredentists.

The question is, how come everyone including all the Generals are playing the spectators while this evil man is carrying on with his agenda?

How come all that CAN can do after these jihadists killed two Reverend fathers is call for protest?

How come a whole retired General like TY Danjuma can only talk and say the same thing we all have been saying for ages about the involvement of the military in this jihad??

Now let me go home:

Ndigbo,

do you realize that after Benue na we??

Do we have a TY Danjuma that will at least publicly call out the Jihadist govt??

Do we have leaders that will stand by and with the people the way Governor Ortom stood by and with his people??

Do we have youths that are emotionally mature enough to understand the need to keep their differences with the political class apart and join hands to ward off these Barbarians??

Do we have a people that will realize the need to first chase the Fox away before blaming mother hen for taking her chicks too far into the bush.

WE DON’T!

And this should worry every Igbo man/woman.

This unending fight between Igbo youths and their leaders/elders need to be suspended for now. This current Jihad poses a grave existential threat to all of us, especially Ndigbo. If we don’t quickly put an end to this our fight and put our house in order, we will all die one by one!

I know some of you will come here and start pointing fingers. Please don’t. If we want to point fingers, trust me, there are enough fingers to go round.

Confronting Buhari brothers and their angel of death should be of utmost priority.

As a country, Nigeria will break under the weight of its internal contradiction. The Danfodios will see to that through their murderous indiscretions.

Question is,

With this current rift between our youths and their leaders/elders, are we really ready to handle our home assuming Nigeria were to break up this very minute????

Every true Igbo son/daughter should be thinking of closing this gap. It has made us a laughing stock for far too long. Our words and actions should be geared towards closing this unhealthy gap between the Igbo masses and the Igbo leadership collective.

Buhari brothers are coming. They are here already. And if we don’t put our house in order, death will be too kind a fate to befall us.

A wise man prepares for war in time of peace.

Charles Ogbu is a social media activist who contributes articles to The Trent. Connect with him on Facebook.

The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.

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Benue: 8 Feared Dead, Scores Injured In Renewed Fulani Herdsmen Attack

Not more than eight persons were feared dead late on Saturday, April 28, 2018,  in a fresh attack on Agagbe community,

Not more than eight persons were feared dead late on Saturday, April 28, 2018,  in a fresh attack on Agagbe community, Sengev, Gwer West local government area of Benue after an invasion by suspected herdsmen.

It was gathered that the invaders also left scores injured while several houses and huts in the community were set ablaze.

According to our source, the marauding herdsmen resorted to sacking the community after their entreaty to be allowed into the community with their cattle to graze was turned down by the youths and elders of the area.

“They had few days ago sent emissaries to the village to be allowed entry into the village to graze their cows but the people refused.

“Shortly after, the herders were seen with thousands of cow trying to enter the village which the people resisted.

“They later came back and claimed that the cows had been killed but the people insisted that there was nothing like that. They insisted that it was a ploy by the herders to curry sympathy to allow them entry into the community.

“Later Saturday night around 11 pm armed herdsmen stormed Agagbe and started shooting sporadically burning down the property of the people and injuring many.

“Many of the people have fled their homes and taken refuge in nearby communities in Apa local government area of the state.”

“For now the people have been able to confirm that eight persons were killed and many injured but many are still missing and accounted for.”

Moses Yamu, the police public relations officer, could not be reached on phone to confirm the development.

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Army Arrests Herdsman With AK-47 Rifle In Benue

File Photo   The Nigerian Army has arrested a herdsman caught with an AK-47 rifle and ammunition at Adagu village

Army Arrests Another Herdsman With AK-47 Rifle In Benue
File Photo

 

The Nigerian Army has arrested a herdsman caught with an AK-47 rifle and ammunition at Adagu village in Guma Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State.

Commanding Officer, 72 Special Forces Battalion, Makurdi, Colonel Suleiman Mohammed, paraded the suspect on Wednesday before the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, and a team of senior officers in the state capital.

READ ALSO: Army Arrests Suspected Militia Herdsmen After Gunfight In Benue

He said the suspect, who is identified as Idi Gemu from Adudu village of Obi LGA of Nasarawa State, was apprehended as part of the military’s resolve to rid Benue of criminals.

Colonel Mohammed revealed that there was a connection between the sponsors of the suspect and that of the three other herdsmen paraded by the Army in the state last week.

In an interview with reporters, the suspect denied having any link with the other suspects arrested by the military.

He said he had left Adudu village to find his missing sheep in Torkula Adagu village before he ran into another herdsman whom he claimed owns the AK-47 rifle.

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Benue Govt Sues Miyetti Allah Over ‘Killings’

File photo: Samuel Ortom   The Benue State government has sued the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore amid the

Benue Govt Sues Miyetti Allah Over 'Killings'
File photo: Samuel Ortom

 

The Benue State government has sued the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore amid the repeated killings of innocent citizens in the state.

According to the state governor, Samuel Ortom, who revealed this on Monday, the government dragged the group before the State High Court, Markurdi, on the allegations of murder and widespread violence across 14 out of the 23 local councils of the state.

Governor Ortom disclosed this at the Government House while briefing reporters on the new security approach to curb the repeated killings in the state.

He faulted the alleged inaction of the security forces to arrest the group for purportedly threatening violence; an act he claimed resulted in the multiple deaths since 2018.

More to follow…

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Photos: Osun, Ondo CAN Protest Killings, Attacks In Northeast, Benue…

Christians in Osun State on Sunday occupied the streets of Osogbo, the state capital in protest. Members of the Union

Christians in Osun State on Sunday occupied the streets of Osogbo, the state capital in protest. Members of the Union Baptist Church and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said the protest was against incessant killings in the Northeast and the frequent attacks by suspected herdsmen in other parts of the country.

They lamented over incessant killings, attacks and abduction of innocent Nigerians by gunmen and called on the Federal Government to intervene.

The Chairman of Nigeria Baptist Convention, Reverend Olumide Kehinde told journalists that Nigerians voted for the present administration and it is the duty of the government to protect its citizens. The Reverend also asked Christians to defend themselves against any form of attack noting that Christians are left with no choice but to protect themselves. Photos from the protest and that of Ondo too all after the cut...

Photos from Ondo protest...

Gowon Seeks Urgent Meeting Of Leaders, Elder Statesmen Over Killings

Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd)   A former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has

Gowon Seeks Urgent Meeting Of Leaders, Elder Statesmen Over Killings
Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd)

 

A former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has called on all leaders and elder statesmen in Nigeria to come together for an urgent meeting on ways to end the killings across the country, especially in Benue and Borno states.

General Gowon who condemned the killings lamented that his heart bleeds at the rate at which innocent lives are lost including those of the Catholic priests murdered in Benue on Tuesday.

The former head of state spoke about the killings on Saturday in Owerri, the Imo State capital, when he visited Governor Rochas Okorocha ahead of the Nigeria Prays Group’s prayer rally in the South-East.

“Without Peace, certainly, we won’t be able to grow any further. And this is what has been retarding Nigeria recently,” General Gowon said.

“Let us continue to pray but let us also play our own part to ensure that we are doing whatever we can to achieve the peace.”

Governor Okorocha, on his part, said Nigerian must view the killings in Benue and other parts of the country as a national problem and rise to the challenge to tackle it irrespective of political ethnic and religious differences.

As things stand, very little progress has been made in terms of finding a solution to the violence and killings, according to the governor.

The governor said, “It started from Boko Haram, to herdsmen, to Niger Delta (militancy), to kidnapping. And his calls for serious concern, especially the recent one happening in Benue State. We don’t seem to be finding any solution – political or otherwise. Rather, we are all busy condemning the act.”

Since suspected herdsmen started 2018 by attacking communities in Benue State and killing over 73 people on the first day of the year, reports of killings have continued to dominate headlines.

Taraba, Plateau, and Zamfara states have also witnessed killings while Borno State continues to lose residents to attacks by Boko Haram.

On Tuesday this week, an attack on a Catholic church in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue resulted in the killings of 19 persons including two priests. Hours later, another attack was carried out in Guma LGA also in Benue with 13 lives claimed.

Beyond calling for a meeting of leaders to find solutions to the issue, General Gowon called for continued prayers. He and the Nigeria Prays Group, which he formed in 1996 intend to continue holding prayers in parts of the country’s problems.

The group is comprised of Christians, Muslims, and body of intercessors who have come together to hold joint prayers as well as offer supplications to God with the sole aim of helping seek divine supports for Nigeria’s problems.

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Army Arrests Suspected Militia Herdsmen After Gunfight In Benue

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian soldiers hold their weapons as they sit on a military pick-up truck at a military base.  

Army Arrests Suspected Militia Herdsmen After Gunfight In Benue
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian soldiers hold their weapons as they sit on a military pick-up truck at a military base.

 

The Nigerian Army has arrested three suspected militia herdsmen in one of their camps located close to Tormatar village in Benue State.

Commanding Officer of the 72 Special Forces, Makurdi, Colonel Suleiman Mohammed, consequently paraded the suspects before reporters on Saturday in the state capital.

READ ALSO: Soldiers Arrest Key Boko Haram Suspect Linked To Benue Attacks

He revealed that the suspects were apprehended by troops in Guma Local Government Area of the state on April 26.

According to the Commanding Officer, the suspected militia herdsmen, identified as Abubakar Umaru, Adamu Likita, and Yusufa Alhaja, opened fire on the soldiers during the attempt to arrest them.

Items recovered from the suspects who confessed to being indigenes of Awe LGA of Nasarawa State include two AK 47 rifles, live ammunition, cutlass and assorted charms.

Colonel Mohammed further confirmed the arrest of one Aliyu Tashaku by the military for his alleged involvement in the attacks on Benue communities.

He disclosed that the military was conducting an investigation into Tashaku’s arrest after he was picked up by troops in the state capital.

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BREAKING: Soldiers Arrest Key Boko Haram Suspect Linked To Benue Attacks

  The Nigerian Army has announced the arrest of a major Boko Haram suspect “believed to have masterminded most of

 

The Nigerian Army has announced the arrest of a major Boko Haram suspect “believed to have masterminded most of the recent attacks in Benue State.

Aminu Yaminu who is nicknamed Tashaku was arrested on Friday in Makurdi, the state capital by a combined team of troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade, Nigeria Police and the Department of State Services, the army said in a statement.

“Following an intelligence report, it was gathered that Aminu has concluded plans with his cohorts in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and Nasarawa states to launch a major attack on innocent citizens in Benue State,” the statement by the Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, 707 Special Forces Brigade in Makurdi, Olabisi Olalekan Ayeni, read in part.

He said the arrest was part of efforts of the Nigerian Army to rid Benue State of criminal elements.

“As earlier reinstated, Nigerian Army will ensure enemies of peace in the state are brought to justice. Nigerian Army encourages all law-abiding citizens to go about their lawful businesses without fear,” he added.

The army called on citizens to provide it and other security agencies with timely information that could lead to the arrests of criminal elements in the society.

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