Published: Fri, April 27, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Muslim Extremists Murder 39 Christians in Benue State, Nigeria

Muslim Extremists Murder 39 Christians in Benue State, Nigeria

Independent reports also have it that the killers stayed put hours after their dastardly act with no security personnel in sight until the Church youths and sympathetic others mobilized for protest, when security personnel including members of the JTF emerged in Benue State emerged from nowhere and flooded everywhere to protect the Muslim population in the area.

Yet to be identified gunmen had on Tuesday killed 19 people, including two priests, in two attacks in Ukor Mbalon Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State.

Richard Nyajo, Chairman of the council confirmed the incident to Punch.

He said seven dead bodies had already recovered from the attack which started from Mondo settlement village in the LGA. This was recently disclosed publicly by some Local Government officials in Benue and Kogi States, etc.

Speaking to journalists, the National President of the CAN Youth Wing, Mr. Daniel Kadzai, accused the government of knowing the perpetrators of the killings and not finding solution to it. The military had introduced operation cat race to check the violence in Benue and other north-central states but the situation has not been brought under control.

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Southern and Middle Belt Leaders, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and fomer Semate President David Mark, among others, expressed strong positions against the killings. The protests also are planned to object to the continued captivity of the only Christian girl kidnapped by Boko Haram from Dapchi School, Leah Nathan Sharibu, and the remaining Christians girls abducted from a Chibok high school four years ago.

Olasupo Ayokunle, in a statement on Wednesday urged Christians to hold peaceful protests within their church premises on Sunday April 29, 2018.

"Christians are to carry placards with different inscriptions meant to address issues about sustained killings, attacks and destruction of their property in Nigeria", the reverend said. "We are already at a breaking point and a state of anomie is nearly here", he said.

According to the statement, the killings have only persisted because of what the association describes as government's inability to effectively arrest the situation.

It attributed the continued killings to the failure of the government to mount an effective campaign against the attacks, killings by the herdsmen, noting that there was equally no visible plan to pacify the aggrieved.

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