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In Benue 2 Catholic priests, 13 others killed by herdsmen get mass burial

All the dioceses across Nigeria have been directed to organise vigils in their honour.

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2 Catholic priests, 17 others killed by herdsmen in Benue get mass burial play

Mass burial for two Catholic priests, 17 parishioners killed by herdsmen in Benue

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Two Catholic priests and 13 other worshippers who were killed by suspected herdsmen in Gwer local government area of Benue state last month were finally laid to rest in a mass burial on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

The two priests, Rev. Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, were killed during a mass along with 17 worshippers when the attackers invaded St. Ignatius Quasi Parish Ukpor-Mbalom in Ayar-Mbalom community of Gwer East LGA on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

They were be buried at the Ave Maria Prayer Pilgrimage Ground, on the Ayati hilltop in Gwer LGA with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, joining mourners on Tuesday.

While speaking about the tragedy, Osinbajo condemned the attack and assured residents that perpetrators will not go unpunished.

"What manner of man wakes up in the morning determined to kill innocent men and women? Surely such a person has lost his peace, is to be condemned and cursed, but perhaps deserves our pity even more," he said.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with Catholic leaders in Benue play Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the funeral service for those killed by herdsmen in Benue (Twitter/@ProfOsinbajo)

 

Others present at the ceremony were Benue governor, Samuel Ortom, the Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse, cabinet ministers, 50 Catholic Bishops from several states, top ranking politicians as well as families of the victims and well wishers.

The Director of Communications, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, Rev. Father Moses Iorapuu, previously disclosed that all the dioceses across Nigeria have been directed to organise vigils as well as hold simultaneous celebration of the lives of those killed as a mark of solidarity with the Makurdi diocese.

Benue's herdsmen crisis

Benue has been troubled by violent attacks this year as a spate of attacks by suspected cattle herders have led to the death of over 200 victims.

The bodies of 73 men, women and children were buried at a mass burial ceremony organised by the state government on January 11 after several attacks by cattle herders.

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