Deeper Life Pastor, 3 others killed in fresh herdsmen attack on communities
Suspected armed Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday attacked some communities in Guma Local Government Area, LGA, of Benue state, killing four persons including a Deeper Life Church, pastor John Ajav.
The Vanguard newspaper reported that the bandits carried out the attack on Tuesday morning at Waku village and shot the pastor on his way to Gbajimba the LGA Headquarters for a church programme.
According to the Vanguard, the Chief of Staff to the State Governor, Dr Tivlumun Nyitse, confirmed the incident and the pastor’s death on his verified Facebook page.
He said: “It’s a very sad day for me and the entire Ikyen Gbuusu Family. We lost Pastor John Torbee Ajav this morning to some Fulani marauders who shot him on his way to Gbajimba to attend a religious function.
“The late John was a Pastor with the Deeper Life Church, Umenger. May the good Lord receive his soul with mercy.”
Aside the pastor, the three other victims of the attack were reportedly killed in their farms at Nyiev Council Ward in the same Guma LGA.
When contacted, the Chairman of Guma LGA, Mr Caleb Abah, who lamented the unending attacks by armed Fulani herdsmen in the LGA, explained that the three farmers were killed on their farm while harvesting locust beans for sale on the next market day.
“The Pastor was shot and killed at Waku village while on his way to a Church programme in Gbajimba from Umenge community. It is again a sad day for us in Guma. These terrorists have continued to attack and kill our people for no reason whatsoever,” he said.
Efforts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer, Superintendent, SP, Catherine Anene was unsuccessful.