Benue State Government has shifted the date for the planned mass burial for victims of Fulani herdsmen attack in Okpokwu.
The government had promised to accord all the 24 victims of the Omusu Edimoga herdsmen attack a mass burial on Friday.
Benue state government on Friday, March 9, cancelled the planned mass burial for victims of Fulani herdsmen attack in Okpokwu area of the state because President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to visit next week Monday, March 12 to commiserate with people of the state over herdsmen attacks and massacre of people.
Governor Samuel Ortom made the announcement for the burial during his visit to Edumoga, in Okpokwu Local Government Area of the state, where 24 people were killed by suspected herdsmen.
Twenty four persons were said to have been killed during the attack which left many people injured and several persons missing.
In a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, the governor said, “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 Thursday.
According to the statement, “A church service, followed by burial of the victims, will take place on Thursday, next week at Okpokwu.”
Meanwhile, Ortom has announced that President Muhammad Buhari will be visiting the state on Monday