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NIGERIA: Seven More Killed in Another Benue Attack

At least seven people were killed after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked another church in Benue State on 26 April.

The attack came after the massacre of 19 worshippers, including two priests, at a Catholic church in Gwer West Local Government Area.

In the early hours of the morning the herdsmen stormed the Mbamondo community in Logo Local Government Area, opening fire on displaced people who had taken refuge at a local church, according to the Nigerian Daily Post magazine. The assailants also reportedly set fire to many houses.

A resident of the community, who gave his name as Umishi, told the Daily Post that some of the victims had been identified as: Festus Terdue Aguda, Mama Doom Uhule Oragbai, Shiaondo Tamen Tordue,TamenIorbume Shima, and Mr Suur.

Attacks attributed to Fulani herdsmen have become recurrent in Benue in recent months. Since the introduction in November 2017 of a controversial law banning open grazing by herders in the state, attacks have been carried out on an almost daily basis.

In January, 80 people were killed and 80,000 forced to flee in a spate of violence in the state. Among those killed were seven members of the Benue State Livestock Guards – a special paramilitary unit set up by the state governor to ensure the full implementation of the grazing law.

On Wednesday 25 April, Nigeria’s House of Representatives summoned Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, over the recent killings.

The assembly also passed a vote of no confidence in the country’s service chiefs for the armed forces and all the security advisers to the president. The lawmakers in the lower legislative chambers suspended sitting for three days in solidarity with Nigerians over the killings.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Pray for those who have suffered great loss. May they seek the Lord for strength and provision and pray they will take heart in the knowledge that the He walks with them during this time of great suffering.
  • Ask the Lord to guide those in authority as they make decisions to attempt to bring an end to the violence. May they seek His wisdom.
  • Pray the deaths of so many may not be in vain but may somehow be used by the Lord to bring about great change in this nation.
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