Unknown gunmen kill Catholic priest, 3 parishioners in Benue
Charles Nwoke, Makurdi, Nigeria
March 31, 2021
Unknown gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday killed a Catholic priest, Reverend Father, Fanem Nguban, and three of his parishioners in the Katsina-Ala Local Government Area Council of Benue State.
According to residents, unidentified gunmen stormed the village called Agu Centre in Mbatyula/Mberev community in the state around 7:00 am when the church was closing for the daily morning mass.
“As soon as the morning mass was over and parishioners were returning home, some men entered the church and asked of the senior priest.
“They directed them to go inside but within a split-second, we heard gunshots and everyone scampered for safety by the time we came back, the Reverend father and others were found dead,” a resident who pleaded anonymity said.
The unknown gunmen were said to have made their way into the community and set some houses on fire.
Confirming the ugly incident on the Mbatyula /Mberev community, the Chairman, Katsina-Alla Local Government Area Council, Alfred Atera, said the gunmen invaded the community between 7:00 am and 8:00 am on Tuesday and killed a Reverend father and three persons, and as well razed down the village.
He identified the other three victims murdered to include Mfave Tumachihi, Mbangohor Tsebo, and Orlukaa Ulu.
The Council Boss said, “On 30th March 2021, at about 7 am to 8 am, unknown gunmen came and burnt a village called Agu Centre in Mbatyula /Mberev council ward in Katsina-Alla and killed Rev Fr Moses Ngugban and three others by name: Mfave Tumachihi, Mbangohor Tsebo, and Orlukaa Ulu.”
Also, the Benue State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene in a text message, confirmed the attack on St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sai, Kastina-Ala Local Government Area by suspected bandits.
The Command spokesman, said, “Attack on St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Sai, Kastina-Ala LGA by bandits is confirmed.
“Rv. Fr. Nguban Fanen and three others lost their lives during the attack. Corpses have been deposited at General Hospital Katsina-Ala while a joint operation of Police and other security agencies are on the trail of the hoodlums.”