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CAN fixes date for protest against killer herdsmen

Unrelenting rampaging herdsmen early Thursday, allegedly invaded the Africa Church, Mbamondo Ukemberagya Logo local government area of Benue State, killing seven persons.

Richard Nyajo, Chairman to the council told newsmen that many houses were also said to have been burnt down during the attack. "All affected victims are members of NKST [Universal Reformed Christian Church, or Nongu u Kristu u i Ser u sha Tar] church, and the Roman Catholic Church in the affected communities".

The attacked on African Church attack came in less than 48 hours after Fulani herdsmen attacked and killed two priest and 17 worshipers during a funeral mass in Gwer east local government area in the state.

Most of the victims are internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs), who had been attacked early and now taking refuge at the church and primary school block. The wounded have been transferred to a hospital Makurdi. "After they attacked and killed those in the church, they left and started shooting sporadically, killing residents around the area".

The leadership of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has directed its members and Christians across Nigeria to join in its planned nationwide protest scheduled to hold on Sunday 29th.

"Christians are to carry placards with inscriptions meant to address issues about sustained killings, attacks and destruction of their property".

The umbrella body of Christians in Nigeria reminded the government of its oath of office and constitutional responsibility of protecting citizens, and charged authorities to quit unnecessary excuses and rise to the occasion.

"CAN seizes this medium to appeal to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to mount different effective plans aimed towards disarming herdsmen across the northern states and in communities where they have been wreaking havoc across the country in national interest", the statement added.

The failure of the government to stop the killings by herdsmen is the reason they have continued to kill, he said.

"It also dedicates same day for prayers for the freedom and liberty of Leah Sharibu, the remaining Chibok Girls and others still in captivity of the Boko Haram terrorists".

Persecution watchdog groups, such as Open Doors USA and International Christian Concern, have warned that although the Fulani conflict is often characterized as one over land and cattle grazing rights, Christians have been deliberately targeted and killed en masse.

The attack took place near Nigeria's middle belt, where the Muslim north meets the southern Christian area.

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