Tears flow as two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners allegedly killed by suspected herdsmen were being buried in Makurdi, the Benue state capital on Tuesday, May 22. The Punch reports that 19 victims of the attack were being buried at the Ayati pilgrim site near Ikpayongo in Gwer East local government area of the state. PHILGLOBALLINK.BLOG gathered that the governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, has declared Tuesday, May 22, a work-free day to honor them.
It was gathered that a few weeks ago, suspected armed herdsmen had invaded Mbalon community and attacked St. Ignatius Catholic Church at Ayar Mbalom in Gwer East local government area of the state, killed two priests - Rev Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha and other 17 worshipers during early morning mass.
Security operatives at the mass burial of 2 Catholic priests, People of Benue at the mass burial of 2 Catholic priests, 17 parishioners allegedly killed by suspected herdsmen