The Nigerian national flag is flying at half mast in Benue State, North-Central Nigeria as the bodies of seventy-three people killed by armed Fulani herdsmen in the last one week are being buried.
The bodies which were loaded in four ambulances and trucks from the mortuary of the Benue State University Teaching Hospital were conveyed to the IBB Square in Makurdi where the funeral service was conducted before their interment.
The Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom had earlier declared Thursday a public holiday in the State in honour of the dead and other victims of the armed Fulani herdsmen’s fresh attacks on farming communities in Logo and Guma Local Government Areas of the State.
President Muhammadu Buhari has not sent a delegation on behalf of the Federal Government to the funeral but the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odegie-Oyegun is leading the governing party’s delegation to the solemn ceremony.
It would be recalled that armed Fulani herdsmen on January 2 launched fresh attacks on Benue State killing over seventy people in Guma and Logo Local Government Areas. The two councils share common boundaries with Nasarawa State where the armed herdsmen are reportedly camped.
The fresh attacks and killings are said to be the response of Fulani herdsmen who are opposed to the anti-open grazing law that came into force in Benue State on November 1, 2017#