Armed herdsmen, on Tuesday morning attacked St. Ignatius Quasi Parish Ukpor-Mbalom in Ayar-Mbalom community of Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, killing two Catholic priests and 17 worshipers.
The names of the deceased priests were given as Fr. Joseph Gor and Fr. Felix Tyolaha. The gunmen were said to have invaded the church during the early morning mass and opened fire on the congregation.
The Director of Communications, Catholic archdiocese of Makurdi, Moses Iorapuu, confirmed the attack to newsmen, blaming it on “Jihadists”.
“In their classic style, they burnt down homes, destroy food items and kill. The police seem to know nothing of the attacks which have been going on in other villages within Benue State since the Anti-Open Grazing Law came into effect last year,” he said.