- Thousands of residents are trooping into the IBB Square in Makurdi, Benue state to attend the memorial service for the victims of the recent herdsmen attack
- The memorial service kicked-off at 10am under heavy security as everyone is subjected to intense searching
- Herdsmen had earlier killed no fewer than 20 people in Benue state, on New Year day, Monday, January 1, 2018
Emotions ran wild in Makurdi, the Benue state capital today, Thursday, January 11, as a memorial service was held for the victims of the recent herdsmen attack in the state.
Thousands of Benue residents are trooping into the IBB Square in Makurdi to attend the memorial service.
Many of those attending the event are wearing black attires in solidarity with the families of the victims.
NAIJ.COM correspondent on ground in Makurdi saw a long line of queue at the entrance of the square as thousands make their way into the expansive venue. The square is filled to the brim as many can't even find space to seat.
Hundreds of clergymen are also on ground to conduct the memorial service which kicked-off at 10am under heavy security.
The state government had earlier declared today, Thursday, January 11, as a public holiday to enable residents attend the event.
Relations of the victims adorning white attires were unconsolable as every effort to keep them calm was futile.
Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, and senior government officials of the Benue state government were in attendance.
Governor Ortom had declared three days mourning period for the victims on Friday, January 5.
NAIJ.com gathered that 39 bodies will be buried at Guma local government area while 20 will be interred in Logo government area.
Other dignitaries at the event include the former governor of the state George Akume, former minister of Justice Michael Aoandaka and the chairman of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, Fulani herdsmen killed no fewer than 20 people in Benue state.
The attack occurred on New Year day Monday, January 1, 2018.
The state governor Samuel Ortom confirmed the attacks in some communities in Logo and Guma local government areas of Benue on Tuesday, January 2.
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