"The herdsmen burnt almost 50 houses during the attack and sacked the entire community".
Suspected armed herdsmen have killed no fewer than 20 persons and several persons declared missing in Tse Agudu, Mbawa Council Ward, Guma Local Government Area of Benue state.
The massacre occurred during early morning mass in a remote village in Benue state, when a group of radicals, which officials believe to be Fulani Muslim herdsmen, stormed the church and opened fire.
CAN said the protest was to register its discontent with the inability of the Federal Government to end killings in different parts of Nigeria, particularly in Benue, Plateau, Taraba and Nasarawa states.
The butchering of not less than 19 worshippers of St Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpo-Mbalom in Gwer East Local Government of Benue State in the early hours of Tuesday, 24April 2018 has further and irrefutably confirmed that the wave of killings by the Government protected Fulani Herdsmen across the country particularly in the North-central and Northeast are totally created to wipe out Christian population, destroy their sacred places of worship and institute radical Islamic Caliphate in Place.
Some reports, however, said the toll was higher, at 19.
"Between February and now, no less than 200 people have been killed, and there doesn't seem to be any relief to our people".
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Riots also broke out in Makurdi, the capital of Benue, following the church attack. The fulani herdsmen are still around us in Mbalom.
"After the killing of close to 21 persons whose bodies have been recovered so far and injuring many, they burnt 49 houses in the village and carting away whatever food they could carry".
"We can not tell why they are doing this to us". We also urge the worldwide community to ensure that the Nigerian government addresses this violence effectively.
A bush meat vendor in the village told reporters that the entire village is now empty as residents have deserted their homes for the intruders, who are feasting on their farm produce with their cattle.
When contacted, the Benue State Police Commissioner.
Moses Yamu, a police spokesperson in Benue state, said the attack took place around 6 am local time (10.30 am Indian Standard Time) on Tuesday.
It said the action was not only despicable but unheard of in the history of the country.