- Reports of mosques being set ablaze in Makurdi, the Benue state capital, are false
- This is the position of the Benue state police command
- The command says the rumours are geared towards causing a break down of law and order in the state
The Benue state police command has debunked rumours of four mosques being set ablaze in Makurdi, the state capital.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com, the command's spokesperson, ASP Moses Yamu, said the rumours are geared towards causing a break down of law and order in the state.
Part of the statement read: “The Benue state police command would like to advise the general public to disregard the information being circulated that four mosques were set ablaze in Makurdi by some hoodlums.
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“Similar information is being circulated that another church was attacked by bandits at Agana village in Mbaloh ward of Gwer East local government area of the state. These are nothing but falsehood, believably meant to cause break down of law and order in the state.
“Acts of insurgency being witnessed lately have nothing to do with religion, ethnic or political alienation. Therefore, in order to overcome the ongoing security challenges, the collaboration of all is required.
“The command appreciate the calmness and understanding of the good people of the state. We appeal that criminal elements should not be allowed to cause any civil disturbance to achieve their selfish interest.
“All suspicious person or group of persons should be reported to the Police through telephone Nos 07058344757 or 08066006475.”
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Meanwhile, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign, following concerns about the recent killings by suspected herdsmen in various parts of the country, including two Catholic priests and 15 other worshippers in Benue state.
The CBCN made the call on Thursday evening, April 26, in a communiqué signed by its president, Most Rev Augustine Akubeze, and secretary, Most Rev Camillus Umoh.
In the communique titled, “When will this barbarism end?” the clerics urged the president to choose the honourable path and step aside “to save the nation from total collapse,” instead of presiding “over the killing fields and mass graveyard” that the country had become.
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