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Benue: Court sends 6 to prison over killing of priests, worshippers

A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Benue, presided over by Isaac Ajim, has remanded the Commander of Livestock Guard, Alhaji Tashaku Aliyu, for the death of two priests and 17 worshippers at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Mbalom in Gwer East Local Government.

Five other suspects remanded are Husseini Manga, Ngyohov Shin, David Akenawe, Agada Tsesaa and Tarza Orvanya.

Prosecutor Edward Imo alleged that Aliyu, Husseini, Akenewa, Orvanya and Agada, all members of Livestock Guards, unlawfully and illegally secured guns and assisted herdsmen to terrorise and kill farmers.

He noted that the act was contrary to the anti-open grazing law enacted by the government.

Imo said based on intelligence, a combined team of F-SARS, DSS and the Army moved to Quararafa quarters, arrested Aliyu and took him to FCT Police Command, Abuja for interrogation.

The prosecutor told the court that investigation was on.

Chief Magistrate Ajim ordered that the accused be remanded in Makurdi prison, and adjourned the case till July 17 for further hearing.

The murdered priests and worshippers were buried last week.

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