Mass Burial for Another Set Of Benue Herdsmen Attacks

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It was another day of mass burial in Benue state north-central, Nigeria after the killings on March 5 in Okpokwu local government area of the state.

The caskets bearing the bodies of the 26 victims in Omusu village were brought to the football field of Saint Bernard’s primary school where the funeral mass was held.

Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom led members of the state executive council to the funeral where those who survived the attack wept uncontrollably.

Among the 26 victims were eight members of one family with their newly born baby.

Samuel Ortom, governor of Benue state, says the activities of “killer herdsmen” have led to too much blood shed in the state.

The service was supposed to hold last week but the government postponed it because of the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The president visited Benue on Monday.

Speaking at the funeral, the governor called on security agencies to arrest the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore.

He also said there was no going back on the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment law.

Ortom assured Benue people that his administration would continue to respond swiftly to security challenges.

In a sermon, Akpena Leva, a reverend and chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Benue, spoke on the need for security.

He also asked God to grant the governor and the people the strength to bear the loss.

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