Benue: Soldiers storm Catholic church, Priest’s house in search of weapons

According to available information, the soldiers, who were reported to have ransacked the church and the house of the priest, said they were searching for weapons

Soldiers on Thursday stormed the Catholic Church in Gboko, Benue State and the house of a priest who works there, Rev. Father Vesuwe Benjamin.
According to available information, the soldiers, who were reported to have ransacked the church and the house of the priest, said they were searching for weapons.
Father Benjamin said: “Today my house and the entire parish was turned inside out by the military in-search for weapons.
“They say I keep weapons, for heaven sake, I don’t do weapon.
“The Fulani herdsmen go about with heavy weapons killing innocent people and never a day has any one of them been harassed by the military.
“There are instances where the military have even assisted them to carry out their attacks on Defenseless citizens.
“The soldiers we have in this country are one sided.
“Why are they trying to divide the very country they are called to defend on religious line.
“Would they have done this to an imam or the mosque?’
“I am saddened by this unabating carnage.
“The people of Benue State are accommodating and law-abiding but it seems this gesture has been misconstrued to be cowardice.
“Our people are known for their bravery.
“We are not cowards.
“Something must be done to stop this carnage.
“Enough is enough.”

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