Makurdi, 20 January, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
At least 11 people, most of them Catholics, were killed when alleged Fulani herdsmen attacked a village around Abagena camp of internally displaced persons (IDP) in Nigeria’s Makurdi Diocese on the night of Thursday, January 19, a Catholic Priest has told ACI Africa in an interview.
In the Friday, January 20 interview with ACI Africa, the Vicar General for Pastoral in Makurdi Diocese recounted the “horrifying” persecution that Catholics were subjected to during the attack.
“The images of the attack are horrifying, and I keep saying that not even ISIS is capable of such brutality,” Fr. Moses Aondover Iorapuu told ACI Africa, and explained, “After killing, these guys decapitated some and took the parts away as proof to whoever is the sponsor.”
“The attacks took place yesterday, Thursday, 19th January, around Abagena IDP camp about 9.00 p.m.,” Fr. Aondover said, adding, “This village is 4 km into Makurdi, the Benue State capital.”
He continued, “As of this evening 11 people were killed, including women and children, and many with life-threatening wounds in the hospital.”