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Benue Victims Gets Mass Burial

The two Catholic priests and 17 other worshippers who were killed by suspected herdsmen in Gwer local government area of Benue state last month are finally being laid to rest in the state on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

The two priests, Rev. Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, were killed on the altar 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.

Their bodies will 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.

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 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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