Nigeria's main opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday charged the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to tame the herdsmen who have embarked on a killing spree in Nigeria since January.
President Buhari said the latest assault on innocent persons is particularly despicable, adding that violating a place of worship, killing priests and worshippers is not only vile and evil but satanic.
Terver Akase, the police spokesman, said the attackers were thought to be herdsmen and set homes on fire.
Engr Abounu, who spoke yesterday after an emergency security meeting at his office, said Benue was at the moment under attack from all corners as insurgents had invaded the state, picking their targets at will and spilling blood everywhere. "We expect arrests to be made because they (attackers) are becoming more brazen", he detailed.
Most of the victims were attacked while coming from morning mass.
Over 100 people have been killed by Fulani herdsmen since the beginning of the year.
"In the last one week, we have watched as disturbing indices continue to crop up ahead of the forthcoming general election with APC administration either unconcerned or involved in a tactical endorsement of such act", the party said.
Critics of Buhari, a Muslim who is Fulani, have accused him of failing to crack down on herdsmen because they are from the same ethnic group, an accusation his administration has repeatedly denied.
"When did Nigeria become a state of anomie where people are killed even after raising alarm that there was threat to their existence?"
He also noted the good the local Catholic Church has been doing in the area.
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has raised the alarm that Nigeria was drifting towards a state of anarchy, calling on the worldwide community to intervene and rescue the country from turning to a war zone, where mass killings is a usual occurrence.
Nigerians across the country from the North East, to the Middle Belt to the South have become vulnerable to random and sustained attacks from Boko Haram terrorists, and murderous onslaughts from rampaging herders and armed bandits.
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