Benue State which had a mass burial planned for those killed in the attack of Fulani herdsmen in Okpokwu, has cancelled the burial in the latest development.
The government had scheduled to bury all the 24 victims of the Omusu Edimoga herdsmen attack in respect for the deceased and their families on Friday
Samuel Ortom the governor of Benue State announced his intentions during his visit to Omusu Edimoga in Okpokwu Local Government Area of the state, where the attack took place on Monday, March 5, 2018.
The attack was alleged to have occurred between 2pm and 3pm on the said day, following an earlier allegation that villagers had stolen some of their cattle.
Children killed in the incident were on their way home from school.
Twenty four people perished in the attack with many injured and many more missing.
Terver Akase the Chief Press Secretary, issued a press statement on behalf of the governor, saying, “There wouldn’t be mass burial of victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks in Okpokwu.”
No reason was given for the cancellation of the mass burial
The statement added that the burial will now take place next week Thursday.
According to the statement, “A church service, followed by burial of the victims, will take place on Thursday, next week at Okpokwu.”
However, Governor Samuel Ortom has announced that President Muhammad Buhari will be visiting the state on Monday.