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Monday, May 28, 2018

Terror herdsmen attack Sacred Heart Minor Seminary Jalingo

Armed men suspected to be terror-herdsmen at the early hours of Monday, attacked the Sacred Heart Minor Seminary in Jalingo, with scores injured, closed for a week reports ITRealms.

Confirming this, the Rector, Sacred Heart Minor Seminary, Jalingo, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Atsue with the permission of the diocese, Bishop, Most Rev. Charles Hammawa of Jalingo, told ITRealms, that the seminary was attacked in the early hours of this morning 28/05/2018.

“… At about 12:30am by sophisticated armed Fulani Herdsmen, at least, we heard their conversation,” he said.

According to him, “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.”

Also, Rev. Fr. Atsue noted that from their conversation, “we were able to understand that their grievances against us is 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. Normalcy has temporarily been restored thanks to the prompt response from the Nigerian Police, Army, Civil Defense and local vigilantee.”

All the students, he said, were complete, as none was missing.

“Two of them who were showing them the way to the Father's house suffered injuries from the sticks of the herdsmen,” he said.

Fr. Atsue further told ITRealms he 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.

“For now this is the situation. Let us continue to pray for and work for peace in Nigeria,” he said.

Uj. N. Dominic/GEE

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