Breaking News: Fulani Herdsmen Shoot Catholic Priest In Taraba Nigeria, Flog Two Others Mercilessly 

Breaking News: Fulani Herdsmen Shoot Catholic Priest In Taraba Nigeria, Flog Two Others Mercilessly 


Suspected herdsmen attacked a minor Catholic seminary in Jalingo, Taraba state and injured many, including three priests, on Monday, May 28, 2018.

Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on Monday 28 May, attacked a minor seminary school in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital, shooting a priest and mercilessly beating two others.

Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey, Director of Caritas Nigeria, an agency of the Catholic Church, revealed this in a WhatsApp message to newsmen. 

“Please Frs, pray for us. Our minor seminary in Jalingo has just been attacked by the Fulani, some students are injured, some cars destroyed, two priests beaten and one shot on the leg,” he said.

A priest in the seminary, Fr. Cornelius Pobah, was shot in the leg while two other priests were beaten by the attackers and some cars were also destroyed with many other students injured.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, told Premium Times that the attackers targeted Fr. Pobah because he had previously challenged them on grazing their cattle on the seminary’s premises.

He said, “Some shepherds had been coming to the premises to graze their cattle and the priest had challenged them about that in the past. We confirmed that the attackers were speaking Fulani and a little bit of pidgin English.”

As of the time of this report, No one was killed in the attack as police officers and soldiers reportedly arrived at the seminary shortly after the incident and evacuated students from the school.

While the persons injured were said to be receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo.

This is coming exactly a month after the Fulani herdsmen attacked St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpor-Mbalom Parish, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, killing two Catholic priests and 17 parishioners.

Following the continued killings in the country, churches in Nigeria under the umbrella of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on April 29 staged peaceful protests in various parts of the country over ongoing killings in various parts of the country.‎

Also taking to the streets to protest the killings of the priest and parishioners who were killed in Benue State were Catholic faithful in Edo, Oyo, Benue, Lagos, Kaduna, Adamawa and Kwara.

The peaceful protests coincided with the burial of the 17 church members and the two priests killed during a mass in Benue.

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