The mass burial of the 26 persons that were killed by suspected herdsmen in last week’s bloody attack on Omusu village, Ojigo ward Edumoga in Okpokwu local government area of Benue state will hold today March 15th.
A statement issued by the chairman of the Okpokwu Local Government Area, Francis Ogwuche, says that a requiem mass will be held in honor of the victims after which their bodies will be released to their families for burial.
A requiem mass would be held for the victims at the Saint Bernard Catholic Church, Ugwu Okpoga on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Thereafter their corpses will be released to the various families for burial in their respective communities especially those of the married women according to customs and traditions of the people.”
Ogwuche who commiserated with the Omusu community over the tragedy assured that the victims would not die in vain as efforts to bring the perpetrators of the heinous murder to justice would be intensified.
Suspected herdsmen stormed the village at about 4 p.m. on March 5th, shooting sporadically at anything they sighted and burning down houses in the community. Recall that on January 1st this year, a similar attack left 76 persons dead. The January 1st victims were given a mass burial.