Slain bodies of the two Catholic priests, Reverend Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, and other parishioners killed by Fulani herdsmen in Benue have arrived Ayati and are set for requiem.
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An eye witness who spoke to newsmen when the incident happened in April narrated that they were all in the parish having the 5am mass when they heard gunshots in the air.
He said: “There is usually the daily 5:30am mass which many parishioners attend. The services had barely started and worshippers were still coming for the Mass after which a burial ceremony would take place when sounds of rapid gunshots rent the air. “People started scampering and wailing, 19 persons, including Reverend Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha, who were holding the morning Mass were gunned down in cold blood, while many sustained injuries, including bullet wounds. “After attacking the church, the invaders descended on the community and razed over 60 houses, farmland, food barns after carting away what the people had in their barns. “As usual, after killing the helpless worshippers and razing the community, the attackers fled from the scene. “As I speak with you, part of the community is on fire and deserted. People are fleeing to neighbouring villages, hoping to find a safe haven for their families.”