Unknown gunmen have killed a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Moses Fanem Ngugban and three parishioners in Agu Centre, Mbatyula/Mberev council ward in Katsina-Ala local government area of Benue State as per report.
It was learnt that the incident occurred around 7:00 am on Tuesday, March 30, when the church was rounding off its morning mass.
Several houses were said to have been razed down during the attack.
One of the locals who spoke to Nigerian Tribune disclosed that the gunmen stormed the village around 7:00 am and demanded to see the parish priest.
“We directed them to go inside but within split seconds we heard gunshots and everyone scampered for safety. By the time we came back, the Rev. Fr. and others were found dead” he said.
Mr Alfred Atera, Chairman of Katsina-Ala local government area who confirmed the incident in a statement, identified those killed alongside the priest as Mfave Tumachihi, Mbangohor Tsebo and Orlukaa Ulu.
“On 30th March 2021 at about 7-8 am unknown gunmen came and burnt a village called Agu Centre in Mbatyula/Mberev Council Ward in Katsina-Ala and killed Rev. Fr. Moses Ngugban and three others by name: Mfave Tumachihi, Mbangohor Tsebo and Orlukaa Ulu.” he said.
Also confirming the report, DSP Catherine Anene, spokesperson of the State Police Command, said security operatives are on the trail of the gunmen.
“Rv. Fr. Nguban Fanen and three others lost their lives during the attack. Corpses have been deposited at General Hospital Katsina-Ala while a joint operation of police and other security agencies are on the trail of the hoodlums”