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Benue Declares Work Free Day to Honour Slain Catholic Priests

From John Shiaondo, Makurdi

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has declared Tuesday, May 22, a Work-free day in honour of the two Catholic Priests, Rev  Fr Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha who were slaughtered April 24 at St Ignatius Catholic Church Akpor, Gwer Local Governemnt Area of the state while celebrating Mass in the morning.

The killings drew outrage across the country and beyond and led to violent protests in parts of the state.

The Catholic Church in Nigeria under the aegis of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria condemned the killings of the priests and 17 other worshippers in Church and called on President Mohammdu Buhari to stem the tide of killings or step down from office.

The Bishops have also slated May 22 for “peaceful protests”  by all Catholics across the country to get the government end the spate of killings by suspected Fulani Herdsmen across the country.

Bishop of Makurdi Catholic Diocese, Rt Revd.  Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe has fixed May 22 for burial of the two Priests and the other 17 Worshipers at an adoration ground about 12 KM outside Makurdi, the State capital.

In declaring  the public holiday, Ortom  explained the gesture was to accord last respect to the victims of the attacks particularly the deceased Priests and also afford workers the opportunity to attend the funeral which hopes to draw Catholic faithful and christians of other denominations from different parts of the country.



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