UPDATE ON THE SITUATION OF CONTINUED BRUTAL KILLINGS AND DISPLACEMENT OF CHRISTIAN FARMERS BY ISLAMIST HERDSMEN IN THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF MAKURDI AND OTHER PARTS OF BENUE STATE. PERIOD COVERING 26TH AUGUST 2022 TO SEPTEMBER 25TH 2022.

Dear friends in Christ,

With a very heavy heart I send you greetings from the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi- Nigeria. Since 14th September, I have been away in Europe at the behest of the Kirche in Not (Church in Need International) sharing our suffering and experience. It is from my journeys that I am painfully writing to you.

From the updates I have been sharing with you in the past concerning this challenge, we have tried to unmask and make clear that the perpetrators of these heinous acts are jihadists Islamists who often camouflage as “HERDSMEN” to kill, plunder and displace.

You will find in the present update killings that have occurred not only in the Catholic diocese of Makurdi but also in some villages in Logo LGA which falls under the Catholic Diocese of Katsina Ala also in Benue State.

Please see below details of killings and displacement within the time frame under reference:

 

Date

Place

Incidence

1st Sept. 2022

Yelewata and Umela in Ortese communities of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State

6 persons were killed:

1. Agidi Dembe

2. Suega Alex

3. Orfega Dembe

4. Verlumun Dum Songu

5. Aboy Tsula

6. ( not identified)

3rd Sept. 2022

Mbanoughul community in Yelewata of Nyiev council ward, Guma LGA.

3 persons were killed:

1. Iorzungwe Adi

2. Veronica Adi

3. (not identified)

10th Sept. 2022

Tse Aluor in Ukohol community of Mbawa council ward of Guma LGA.

1 person killed:

1. Aluor Iorkyaa

21st Sept. 2022

Mchia community of Mbagbe council ward in Logo LGA (Katsina Ala Diocese)

11 persons were killed:

1. Atsagba Oliver Chion

2. Mchivga Utume

3. Bemdoo Hindi

4. Aondonengen Kwaghve

5. Shinku Ngimsho

6. Gwa Joseph

7. Vihishima Mbanomso

8. Luter Yeke

9. Sonter Chiem

10. (not identified)

11. (not identified)

21st Sept. 2022

Mou community of Ukemberagya/ Tsarev council ward of LGA (Katsina Ala Diocese)

3 persons were killed:

1. Lanem Dooior

2. Iorungwa Andy Uchir

3. Emeka Ike (Igbo trader).

3 persons were sustained gun shot injuries:

1. Shaorga Akaakuma

2. Ubugh Obele

3. Aondosoo Aondoakaa

25th Sept. 2022

Yogbo village of Guma LGA.

5 persons killed:

1. Joseph Emberga

2. Kumave Orjime

3. Amoshi

4. Ankpughkpu Orshoja

5. (identity not known)

2 persons injured

 

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Dear friends, I invite you to continue to pray for us here in Nigeria. How could a people be consistently subjected to these kinds of attacks without consequences from government or other authorities? Those of us who live with these killings know that the perpetrators of the genocidal attacks on our people are connected in high places, this is why no one is ever apprehended for such killings and destruction. This is why we need you to be our voices and help get our stories out. It is my hope that you will continue to advocate and lobby the international community and other prominent agencies to speak out about these attacks. The genocidal situation is getting out of hand. In Christ,

 

Most Revd. Wilfred Chikpa ANAGBE, CMF

Bishop of Makurdi Diocese.

25TH SEPTEMBER, 2022.

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