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Herdsmen Killings: Bishop demands public apology from persons changing Benue narrative


Benue State

The Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, His Grace, Wilfred Anagbe has demanded public apology from people saying, “Benue people were responsible for the killings in the state, rather than Fulani herdsmen.”

Anagbe made the demand at weekend at St. Ignatius Quasi Parish, Ukpo-Ayar, Mbalom in Gwer East Local Council, during the atonement and purification of the parish.

St. Ignatius Quasi Parish was the church, where the two priests, Rev. Frs Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, as well as 17 parishioners, were killed on April 22, 2018.


The bishop insisted that the church needed the apology, adding that even if the church did not need the apology, he needed it as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, whose priests and congregation were gruesomely killed.

He said: “What baffled him most was that a good number of the people who tried to change the narrative were Christians and some of them were Benue indigenes.”

He said witnesses had testified at several fora that those who killed them were Fulani herdsmen because they heard them speak their dialect during the attacks.

Governor Samuel Ortom had promised to construct a block of classroom at St Wilfred’s Nursery and Primary School, Ukpo-Ayar, Mbalom, Gwer Local Council in honour of the slain priests and parishioners.

Meanwhile, the governor has said the people of Benue North West would soon commence the recall process of Sen. George Akume for trying to change the narrative about killings in the state. He disclosed this yesterday, in Gbajimba, Guma Local Council.

Ortom said he was disappointed that Akume has joined the state’s enemies, who were bent on changing the narrative that Benue people were killing themselves, without recourse to the fact that he is representing the senatorial zone that was most hit by the Fulani herdsmen attacks.

Ortom said: ”During the attacks, various Fulani groups came out openly to claim responsibility for the killings. Some said it was because their cattle were rustled, while others said it was the continuation of the 1804 jihad. Why are some people trying very hard to change the narrative? This is quite sad.”

He said he would report Akume to the Tiv Supreme Council that he could explain to them better, by naming the people that were involved in the killings, since he had the intelligence report.

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