Two priests among 15 killed in attack on Catholic Mass in Nigeria

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Hundreds of people have died in clashes this year between herders and farmers in central Nigeria in an outbreak of violence that has put pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari less than a year before an election he wants to contest.

The priest accused the rest of the country of having little sympathy for the Benue people, and expressed his fears that the violence will cause thousands of people in the state to be displaced. "Sixteen persons were confirmed killed, including two priests", Yamu said, according to Reuters.

Sixteen persons have been killed by suspected herdsmen in fresh attacks after the killing on Tuesday of two Catholic priests and 17 worshippers in Nigeria's Benue state.The latest attack took place in Ali Agundu and Tsav council wards of Guma Government Area (LGA).

"The community is on fire and deserted, people are fleeing to neighbouring villages hoping to find a safe haven for their families".

Riots over the killings erupted in Makurdi, the epicentre of the violence that has thrown the state into chaos.

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Efforts to get the police authorities to confirm the report failed as at the time of this report as the numbers of both Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, and the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Moses Yamu, could not be reached.

On the illegal withdrawal of $496 million from the ECA, Governor Fayose said; "One day, this federal government will even stop releasing statutory allocations to States and Local councils. We expect arrests to be made because they (attackers) are becoming more brazen", he detailed.

The area has always been a hotbed of ethnic, sectarian and religious conflicts, a lot of it over land. The students said failure of the government to prevent further killing of innocent would lead to civil disobedience in the state.

Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE, NUBESS president, Pillah Romans, said the government would be surprised if it underestimated the capability of the body. We also urge the worldwide community to ensure that the Nigerian government addresses this violence effectively.