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JUST IN: Benue buries Okpokwu 26

Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

The 26 dead victims of Fulani herdsmen attack on Omusu-Edumoga, Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State were, on Thursday, buried amid tears.

The funeral service which held at the open field of St. Bernard Primary School, Ugwu-Okpoga, headquarters of the local government, was attended by Governor Samuel Ortom, his deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu, some members of his cabinet as well as the council Chairman, Olofu Ogwuche.

Speaking during the requiem mass, Governor Ortom lamented the bloodshed in Benue State due to the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen against the Benue farmers.

The governor, while condoling the bereaved families, said the death of the victims and many others would put an end to the massacre of Benue people.

He also restated his call on security agencies to arrest the leadership of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore (MAKH) whom he said were the sponsors of the killings in the state based on comments credited to them and published in various media houses.

He stressed that the Open-Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment law enacted in the state had come to stay, noting that there was no land for open grazing and crop farming to go on concurrently.

He, however, assured Benue people that his administration would continue to respond swiftly to security challenges, adding that data were being gathered for compensation for damages caused by herdsmen attacks in Benue.

In their separate remarks, Deputy Governor Benson Abouno, Deputy Speaker of the state’s Assembly, Mr. James Okefe, representative of Bishop Apochi, Rev. Fr. John Attah among others expressed appreciation to Governor Ortom for his support to the bereaved families and pledged their support for the ranching law.

On their part, the three socio-cultural groups in the state represented by Mr. Amali Amali and the representative of Movement Against Fulani Occupation (MAFO), Pastor Dave Ogbole, lamented that although they saw the attacks coming and reported to relevant authorities,  nothing was done to avert the massacre.

While expressing disappointment with the federal government over its inactions towards the killings, Pastor Ogbole called on the international community to rise up and stop a repeat of Rwanda in Nigeria, adding that the resort by Benue people to remain law abiding should not be mistaken for cowardice.

Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Benue state chapter, Rev. Akpen Leva in his sermon prayed God to grant the Governor and the entire Benue people the strength to weather the storm and overcome the menace of herdsmen attacks.

The remains of the deceased victims were later handed over to their families for burial according to the Idoma culture and tradition.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 15th March 2018 at 3:57 pm

    Every this territory native life lost in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world, is a worthwhile price for Liberation, Freedom which must be defended with the Sword in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. Nothing on earth will keep the fulani fraudulent criminal sultanate political government with its emirates in this natives territory. Nothing on earth will keep the dead fraudulent political name Nigeria in this natives territory. The enemy has lost the war and must face full conquest in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. Only the Sword decides. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 15th March 2018 at 4:09 pm

    You’re yours leaders, government, authority on your God given native land in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. Peace is only with the Sword, security and defense is only with the Sword, justice is only with the Sword. If you annihilate and erase the enemy on your God given native land in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world, you will have peace on your God given native land under the natives Disintegrated Republics. If you have the Sword, the enemy will not come to you. If you avenge the enemy’s killings, it is justice. Only the Sword decides- get Armed to the teeth, Slaughter the last enemy on your God given native land. Strike point number one are the enemy’s brainwashed terrorism mercenaries nickname military, police etc., who are behind the attacks and killings of this territory natives in disguise as so-called herdsmen etc. Do not listen to anyone who do not stand for this territory natives in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives under the natives Disintegrated Republics which secures the natives existence and future in 21st century world. Do not wait for anyone who do not stand for this territory natives in the ongoing Revolution War of the natives. You’re the ones the enemy has attacked and killed, you’re the ones the enemy will attack and kill, not such ignorant idiots call governors, kings etc. Only the Sword decides- either you annihilate and erase the enemy on your God given native land or the enemy will annihilate and erase you on your God given native land. Only the Sword decides- either you kill the enemy or the enemy will kill you. Only the Sword decides. God Is With Us!!!

  3. Appacino 15th March 2018 at 4:54 pm

    The fulanis drank their blood,the president can now rejoice for his people are succeeding,congratulations Mr.president,for all your struggle to be president is now real to Nigerians.

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