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Suspected herdsmen kill 18 in church attack in central Nigeria

Suspected herdsmen kill 18 in church attack in central Nigeria Suspected herdsmen kill 18 in church attack in central Nigeria
Diane Mills | 27 April, 2018, 00:51

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 carried out by the herdsmen in the church premises of the African Church in Mbamondo took place at about 12:20 a.m.", Richard Nyajo, council chairman of Logo Local Government Area told Morning Star News by phone.

Many houses were also said to have been set ablaze.

Seven Christians among several hundred taking refuge in a church building were killed shortly after midnight last night by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, a local official said. They shot at every door while it was raining and killed many people who tried to escape.

She said one of her four children was killed; three are missing.

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

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Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has fixed a date for all Nigerian Christians to stage a nationwide protest against wanton killings of Nigerians by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The Christian body said the protest should be peaceful and done within premises of churches.

"The inscriptions on placards could read, "Enough of bloodshed in Nigeria, ' 'Enough of unlawful killings in the country", 'FG, Release Leah Sharibu from the bondage, ' 'FG, Stop Herdsmen Killings, ' CAN rejects FG's poor handling of insecurity, '" Ayokunle said.

The cleric admonished the government to perform its constitutional responsibility of protecting the citizens, noting that no excuse is tenable for the bloodshed, stressing that the perpetrators must be brought to book.

Nigerians across the country from the North East, to the Middle Belt to the South have become vulnerable to random and sustained attacks from Boko Haram terrorists, and murderous onslaughts from rampaging herders and armed bandits.

CAN appealed "to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to mount different effective plans aimed towards disarming herdsmen across the northern states and in communities where they have been wreaking havoc across the country in national interest".

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