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Photos: Victims of Benue killings given mass burial


 
 Residents of Makurdi remained mournful on Thursday as bodies of the victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks of Jan. 1 and 2 on Logo and Guma LGA of Benue State were given mass burial.

Government offices, commercial banks, markets and schools were closed the state capital in observance of the work-free day earlier declared by the State Government in honour of the victims.
 
Gov. Samuel Ortom had also declared three days of mourning for the victims of the attacks on
communities in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of the state.

Thousands of Benue residents gathered at the IBB Square in Makurdi, the state capital on Thursday to witness the burial of victims of herdsmen killings.

Some of the residents expressed worries over the incessant attacks on farmers in the state and said that the acts were unhealthy for an agrarian state like Benue.

They told newsmen that there was need for peace to reign for the growth and development of the state. Mr Thomas Shima said that all hands must be on deck to address the crises, adding, “we are mourning today; we still don’t know tomorrow.”

Shima appealed to the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges in the country more vigorously.

Mrs Blessing Okoh noted that only God and the federal government could stop the killings and called for more prayers for the state and the nation.

Present at the occasion are Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom; his deputy, Engr Benson Abounu, APC national chairman, John Odigie Oyegun, Senators George Akume, Barnabas Gemade, Philip Dunka Nasarawa North, Segun Oni, Gen. Lawrence Onoja, Prof Jerry Agada and others.

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