Senate calls for state of emergency over Benue Killings

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The butchering of not less than 19 worshippers of St Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpo-Mbalom in Gwer East Local Government of Benue State in the early hours of Tuesday, 24April 2018 has further and irrefutably confirmed that the wave of killings by the Government protected Fulani Herdsmen across the country particularly in the North-central and Northeast are totally created to wipe out Christian population, destroy their sacred places of worship and institute radical Islamic Caliphate in Place.

The attack comes just a day after 19 people were killed in a church in the state.

Buhari described the killing as despicable and unfortunate. He assured the people that the assailants will be caught and brought to justice.

"Sixteen persons were confirmed killed, including two priests", he said of the attack, which was reportedly linked to grazing rights and diminishing fertile land space.

Dickson Taki, a member of the house of representatives from Benue State, said this while addressing the plenary on Wednesday.

A police spokesman Moses Yamu said the attack took place about 6:00 a.m.in Benue state.

The newspaper also reports that seven people were killed in Ihuman village in Awe Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

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According to Richard Nyajo, chairman of Logo local government, herdsmen were responsible for the attack, stating that they invaded three villages in Mbamondo clan very early in the morning, and stated shooting at people who were asleep in the church and school.

CAN called on Chrisians to protest peacefully in churches on Sunday against the killings.

Intersociety recalled that the marauding Fulani herdsmen recognised in Nigerian laws as Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has President Muhammadu Buhari as their grand national patron.

"CAN notes that the failure of the government to raise an effective campaign against the killings by herdsmen is the reason they have continued to kill, while there is no visible plan to pacify the aggrieved", the statement read.

"The Association also calls on the heads of the security agencies to wake up to their constitutional role of protecting lives and property across the federation while preventing Nigeria from descending into chaos and lawlessness".

Nigeria ranked 14 on Open Doors' 2018 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.

Christians make up 51.3 percent of Nigeria's population, while Muslims living primarily in the north and middle belt account for 45 percent.

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