BY AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE, Abuja
Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has condemned the massacre of two Catholic priests and worshipers at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ukpor-Mbalom, Gwer East local government area of Benue State yesterday and urged the security operatives to rise up to the task of protecting lives and property.
Reacting to the gruesome murder of two priests and over 13 worshipers at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Benue State yesterday, Senator Mark through his media assistant, Mr Paul Mumeh, said the unabating killings of citizens without limit calls for question the manner of security operation in the state.
He described the killings of defenceless and innocent worshipers as callous, wicked and evil.
Senator Mark reiterated that it has become more expedient for security operatives to protect the citizens so that they will not resort to self help.
An angry Senator Mark said, “I am saddened by this unabating carnage. The people of Benue State are accommodating and law abiding but it seems this gesture has been misconstrued to be cowardice.
“Our people are known for their bravery. We are not cowards. Something must be done to stop this carnage. Enough is enough”.
He therefore tasked the security operatives to fish out the perpetrators of these heinous crime, pointing out that “the situation has continued because no serious effort has been made to bring the perpetrators and their sponsors to book”.
Senator Mark canvassed for urgent need on the part of government and security operatives to restore confidence in the people by fishing out the murderers.
He however told clerics and worshipers not to be deterred by this callous and demonic forces but be strengthened in their faith with the Almighty God to defeat them.
Senator Mark prayed that Almighty God give the bereaved families and the people of Benue State the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss even as he reminded them to be security conscious.