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01:10At Least 35 People Killed in Attack on Village in Southeast Nigeria - Reports

The toll brings the number of people killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen to 45 since Governor Samuel Ortom proceeded on his annual leave on April 12.

The Party said that the attack on innocent and defenseless Nigerians while they were worshipping is extremely wicked and can not be justified under any guise whatsoever.

"When did Nigeria become a state of anomie where people are killed even after raising alarm that there was threat to their existence?" he said.

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Groups of rescuers are still workimg since today morning corpses from a church in central Nigeria attacked some few hours ago by unknown persons that the authorities and witnesses claim are Fulani herdsmen.

NAN reports that the incidence came on the heels of Tuesday's attack on another village in Gwer East Local Government where 16 worshipers including two Catholic priests were killed.

The attack took place in Ayar-Mbalom, a community in Benue state.

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But, Police Public Relations Officer of the Nasarawa State command, DSP John Kennedy said he had not been briefed about the attack at press time.

"They attacked the venue of a burial ceremony and also attacked the church where the two reverend fathers were holding mass", said Owoseni.

The statement explained that the citizens can not continue to fall victims of attacks by marauders while the government fails to exert itself to guarantee their safety. The fulanis are still around us here in mbalom.

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Hundreds of people have died in violence in Benue and across the so-called Middle Belt of Nigeria so far this year - with disputes over grazing rights and access to fertile land fuelling tensions. In fact, we have been receiving calls from several youth organisations, students' bodies, workers' unions and civil society groups expressing their support and solidarity with our move. We also taught them how we want them to behave because they are at the receiving end when trouble starts, because they move with all they have in this whole world, which are the cows, children and their families...

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