BENUE State Government has said it will organise another mass burial on Friday for the latest victims of suspected herdsmen attacks in the state.
The first mass burial was conducted on January 11 for 73
persons who lost their lives on new year day in two local government
This second burial is for the 29 persons who were
massacred Monday evening in an attack on Omusu village in Okpokwu Local
Government Area of the state as fourteen of the victims are women while
two were children.
The attackers had invaded the community after they reportedly lost their cattle and two herdsmen.
Samuel Ortom who spoke on plans by the government to hold the second
mass burial demanded the arrest and prosecution of the suspected
He made the call during an assessment tour of Omusu
when he visited the village Tuesday to ascertain the level of
destruction and provide immediate relief for the displaced.
Ortom described the attack as unfortunate, saying such barbaric acts were unacceptable in the 21st century.
reiterated his call for the arrest of the leadership of Miyetti Allah
Kautal Hore whom he said were sponsoring the Fulani herdsmen militia and
still moving freely in Abuja and giving directives to the mercenaries.
directing the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to immediately
provide relief materials for the displaced persons, Ortom appealed to
the community not to embark on reprisals, stressing that the security
agencies had been mobilised to forestall further attacks on the
The governor visited St. Mary’s Hospital, Okpokwu,
where the injured were being treated and proceeded to the general
hospital in the town where the bodies of dead victims had been
The governor had initially announced that 24 were
killed in the Monday attack, only to get to the hospital where another
three victims had died from their injuries.
Another two bodies were also discovered in the village, bringing the death toll to 29.