Herdsmen to Priests:  We’ll graze inside your church if we see grass


Herdsmen have threatened to graze inside the church of the diocesan Sacred Heart Minor Seminary in Jalingo, Taraba State, Rector of the school says.

In a statement made available to our reporter, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Atsue, Rector of the seminary announced the attack on the school which took place “in the early hours of 28/05/2018 at about 12:30am by sophisticated armed Fulani Herdsmen.”

“They shot sporadically at the Rector’s residence, broke window glasses in the process, littered live bullets were collected by police, windscreen of one of the vehicles belonging to one of the priests, they shot and injured one of the priests Rev. Fr. Cornelius kobah on the leg, beat up Fr. Stephen Bakari.

“From their conversation we were able to understand that their grievances against us are that the security men in the Seminary have been challenging their decision to graze right inside the Seminary: around the classes, football field, laundry etc.

“They said even inside the church if they see grass their cows will graze,” he said.

The rector said two students who were showing the herdsmen the way to the Father’s house suffered injuries from the herdsmen sticks.

“I had a meeting with the officials of the Parents Teachers Association PTA and the bishop has equally approved one week break for the seminarians to enable them manage trauma for a while and to show themselves to their parents that they were safe,” he added.

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