United Methodists among the dead in Nigeria attack

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Victims of an early January attack in Benue State are prepared for mass burial at a morgue in Makurdi, Nigeria. Photo by the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel, UMNS.

By the Rev. Ande I. Emmanuel
Feb. 1, 2018 | LAU, Nigeria (UMNS)
A recent attack by herdsmen in Lau has left more than 55 people dead, including 38 United Methodists, according to the Rev. Irmiya Bako, superintendent of the Yugorobi District, where the incident took place. 
Bako described January as the saddest month in Taraba State, adding that six villages were consistently under siege by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.
“This sad event has left over 55 people dead and, at the point of talking to you now, 44 people are still missing from these villages. Corpses of people, the majority of whom are women and children, plus defenseless senior citizens, were littered everywhere. They are decomposing (so) we don’t have a choice (other) than to bury them in a mass grave,” Bako said.