Nigerian academic and media personality, Farooq Kperogi, took to his Facebook page to share the purported video of Fulani herdsmen who reportedly killed 2 Catholic priests and 17 Parishioners in Benue State.
The video showed the herdsmen dancing, jubilating and wearing the church’s choir robes. According to Farooq Kperogi, in this age of pervasive digital manipulation, he usually withhold credulity and judgment over videographic and photographic evidence, but the video seems credible to him.
He also stated that the federal government must use the video to hunt down the murderous thugs and bring them to justice forthwith, because that is the only way to avert an endless cycle of reprisal and retaliation in the state.
Here’s what he wrote;
”This is a video of Fulfulde- and Hausa-speaking men, presumably cattle herders, who recently murdered 19 Benue people in their church, took over their choir instruments and church garments, and recorded themselves dancing derisorily over their murderous exploit. In this age of pervasive digital manipulation, I usually withhold credulity and judgment over videographic and photographic evidence, but this video seems to me credible.
What I can’t ascertain is if the gun-toting, deliriously gyrating, Fulfulde- and Hausa-speaking men in this video are the murderers of the Catholic priests and 17 parishioners in the Mbalom community of Benue on April 24, 2018. If they are (and my hunch tells me they are) the impunity is at once conscienceless and incendiary. (Can any Fulfulde-speaking person help translate what people in the video are saying? MD Aminu, can you help?) We certainly can’t continue like this. No nation can survive this level of barbarous, unchecked sanguinary fury. The federal government MUST use this video to hunt down the murderous thugs and bring them to justice forthwith. That’s the only way to avert an endless cycle of reprisal and retaliation.”
Musty Lala who also shared the video wrote;
Video of the “Tiv Militias” that killed 2 Reverend Fathers and 17 other worshippers during morning mass in Benue. One unique features of the so-called militias is that they are fearless & truthful. Wherever they ransacked and invaded, they must make video footage to prove their prowess. They vandalized the church choir equipment and their robes and still shot video to show to the world
Here’s the video below;