Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

CAN holds memorial service in honour of Benue victims

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Benue state chapter in conjunction with the state government has held a memorial service in honour of hundreds of Benue people massacred by suspected herdsmen in 2018.

Speaking after the memorial service which held at the Catholic Cathedral in Makurdi, state chairman of CAN, Rev Apken Leva, said they will never forget the massacre of over hundreds of Benue people in January and all through 2018 by herdsmen militia.

He said the church will continue to commemorate this day in honor of the victims, parishioners and security agencies who were also killed while protecting the hapless farmers.

Rev Leva, who prayed for the repose of the souls, also prayed for God to console their families of the victims.

He said for peace to reign in Benue, the anti-open grazing law has come to stay and anyone who attempts to repeal that law is an enemy of the state.

Governor Samuel Ortom had called on the church to unite in prayers against the menace.

Ortom called for the forgiveness of the enemies as only way seek to God's face and described as unfortunate the fact that some people in the state have taken to blame games.

It will be recalled that beginning from the first of January, 2018, herdsmen militia attacked several communities in Guma, Logo, Ukum, Buruku, Agatu, Gwer west local government among others and killed several farmers including women and children

 

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