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Herdsmen set Catholic Church ablaze, kill 4 farmers in Benue


…I won’t surrender my subjects to Fulani terrorists -Monarch

Armed herdsmen over the weekend launched a fresh attack on communities in Kwande Local Government Area of Benue State, burning down the Saint Stephen’s Catholic Church, Zaungwa.

The deadly attack which occurred at about 4-5 pm on Friday also saw the killing four farmers.

The church is located at Diiv at Yaav council ward, home of Mr. Orya Korinjo, the late Political Adviser to former governor of the state, Senator George Akume.

New Telegraph learnt that many of the houses also burnt down belonged to fleeing victims of previous attacks.

A source from the area, Mr. Lawrence Akerigba, who confirmed the attack said the four farmers were murdered in Mbachon community after indiscriminate shootings that lasted for several hours.

Mr. Akerigba said, “the invaders made the incursion at about 4-5 pm and burnt down several houses of the villagers who had fled their ancestral homes during previous attacks.

“They then proceeded to Mbachon where they killed four people and settled in some of the homes to launch further attacks.

“As I speak with you, the whole area has been deserted and fleeing victims are taking refuge in different places considered to be safe.

“We appeal to both the federal and state governments to step in immediately by deploying enough security to ensure that the enemies return to where they came from and the affected communities witness enduring peace.”

Meanwhile, the paramount ruler of Gwer-West Local Government Area, his HRM, the Ter Nagi, Chief Daniel Ayua Abomtse has vowed not to surrender his subjects to Fulani terrorists.

Chief Abomtse stated this while supervising the clearing of the Naka-Agagbe road, which was carried out from Goh village to the Mbakpa Forest.

The axis is a deadly zone where the invaders carry out all forms of criminality including kidnapping and killing of inhabitants.

The Ter Tyoshin said, as the traditional ruler of Gwer West, it is incumbent upon him to stand tall and resist the religious war of the Fulani against people of the state especially his subjects.

Chief Abomtse, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Fidelis Igbahee, sued for unity among the people of Gwer West within and in the Diaspora.

According to him, the people have nowhere to run to, hence all hands must be on deck to fight and reclaim their land from the terrorists.

The Ter Tyoshin appreciates the Naka Divisional Police Officer, SP Jonah Imoh and his men, the Nigerian Hunters, Benue State Community Volunteer Guards (BSCVG) and the youth for the security provided during the clearing exercise.

The Resident Pastor, NKST Naka, Rev. James Tse, paid solidarity visit during the exercise and encouraged the Ter Tyoshin to continue to do more for the safety of the land.

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